Interpretation of Visual Arts Across Societies and Political Culture: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Interpretation of Visual Arts Across Societies and Political Culture: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Mika Markus Merviö (Kibi International University, Japan)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: March, 2017|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 110
ISBN13: 9781522525547|ISBN10: 1522525548|EISBN13: 9781522525554|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2554-7


It is thought that every work of art possesses multiple interpretations, depending on each viewer. Analyzing personal assessments of artwork can help enable us to gain an understanding of one another, as well as broaden our own opinions and views.

Interpretation of Visual Arts Across Societies and Political Culture: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a detailed reference source that breaks down the ways art can be evaluated, and addresses how this type of analysis can influence an array of social groups and regions. Highlighting relevant topics such as artistic impression, modern art, culture wars, and freedom of expression, this publication is an ideal resource for artists, academics, students, and researchers that are interested in expanding their knowledge of the arts.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Artistic Expression
  • Artistic Impression
  • Contemporary Societies
  • Culture Wars
  • Modern Art
  • Traditional Art
  • Visual Arts

Reviews and Testimonials

Mika Merviö’s book does not seek to give definitive answers, because he doesn’t have any, and I doubt that anyone ever could. But he does clarify a series of issues and places art in a central role within culture, recognising that without art, culture would cease to make sense and as such we need not only to understand its processes, but also to know how to value it and understand the place it occupies, and has always occupied, in society. According to the author: “While there are more active artists in the world than ever before and while many art markets are still in their formative phase it will take a long time before we have a better idea of the lasting impact of the present generation of contemporary artists”. If we are not able, as yet, to gauge the impact of the current generation of artists on the art market, we are able, according to Merviö, to see that the transformations, both technological and ideological have been unable to remove mankind’s need for enjoying, consuming or interpreting art. And for this reason, this book is a guide for anyone looking for a better understanding of the continually-changing yet permanently stubborn art world.

– Prof. Mirian Tavares, University of Algarve

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Mika Markus Merviö is Professor of International Relations at the Kibi International University, Okayama, Japan. Previously he has been working at the University of Tampere, Finland, and from which he also received his Ph.D. Then he moved to the International Christian University, Tôkyô, Japan as a JSPS researcher and from there to the Miyazaki International University and the University of Shimane, where he worked as a Professor. From 2000 he has been working at the Kibi International University. His research interests include art, culture, political and social issues, history, and environment. Editor-in-Chief of ‘International Journal of Public and Private Perspectives on Healthcare, Culture, and the Environment’.