A recent book that identifies three purposes of art:
Money – art as a store of money, or investment
Power – art as a statement of power, or status
Beauty – art as an expression of higher things
The author has a very superficial view of art. Of course some works that are now accepted as great were made for commercial reasons or to express the artist's concept of beauty, but can any of these criteria be applied to the work of van Gogh or Bosch, even Picasso or Miro?
While Saori Ninomiya's works contain beauty, if perhaps a terrible beauty, these criteria are woefully inadequate in explaining the reasons the work came into being and their intensity.
We held an interview recently, during Saori Ninomiya's exhibition at Zen Foto Gallery.