Why is art a mirror of society?

Art has always shared an intricate relationship with society, serving both as a mirror and as a catalyst for cultural change. Through its diverse forms and movements, art provides a lens through which we can analyze the values, beliefs and aspirations of a society at any given time. While many in the art world are opposed to this art form, others cannot help but draw parallels with the artistic movements of recent centuries and with the early contemptuous attitude towards them on the part of “the ruling class”. From the visual arts to literature, from music to the performing arts, the impact of art on society cannot be overstated.

Throughout history, artistic movements such as dadaism, surrealism and pop art have challenged conventional notions, generating new perspectives and inviting dialogue. These ideas about past artwork also help empower artists to try new things: street art in the Valley Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, for example, wouldn't have been allowed a century ago, let alone be accepted as part of the public art scene. The dividing line between fine art and design has blurred to the point that it practically doesn't exist, and that's why designers try to make art while artists design. Art can express itself in infinite forms, but the underlying importance does not lie in the art itself.