Self Styling Article

Towards the beginning of the semester, I was in my other art history class and we were talking about the difference between kitsch art and fine art.  My professor posted an image that really got me thinking about class and we view art. This images was in Life Magazine in 1950.


The article talks about links between style, consumerism, and class. I can see these themes in this image. Different categories are being displayed and different classes of people are looking at each. This is showing certain tastes that people within a class are asked to adhere to.

I found an article that lists the top collectors of art. The following image shows one of these collectors.


This image shows the connection that this couple has with their art. It is displaying their art in a sense of an expensive house and representing their class. Further, people can be defined in their knowledge of art by displaying their class. This would be based off assumptions and norms in society.

This image alone displays their sense of wealth, class, and education. It is a way to show others their part in life, knowing that lower class individuals do not have images like these.  My question is why would someone take a picture like this? Why do we all feel the need to display our class and education?


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