I just began being interested in art the past few years. Never knew enough about it to understand what could be so compelling to folk. Am definitely into symbolic uses – particularly of the ancient kind such as Dan Brown details in The Da Vinci Code (yes, it nurtured my soul) – and also of the protest kind, such as Néstor García Canclini describes with academic and theoretical zeal.
Today, art nuoveau.
We went into four buildings, but what got me hooked was the contrast between art nouveau and art deco in the very first building we saw. Seeing the two styles juxtaposed on the same facade, and hearing them described as pre- and post-WWI did it. My imagination leaped to the level of subjectivity and a totally different consciousness before and after “the war to end all war.”