For a long time documenting as an art form has been left to photographers and filmmakers, whatever happened to history painting? Is documentary only to be created in two-dimensional art forms or could a document appear as sculpture, installation or performance art?
I think for this kind of question, you really need to consider the advances that have been made with technology and the direction that art has gone in as a whole. The more traditional artworks that depicted historical events were just what was of concern to the artists at the time, or what they were commissioned to do. Nowadays, art has moved more towards artistic self-expression, rather than a representation of historical events. – Antebellum6 years ago
There are some really good bio-documentary comic books and graphic novels out there as well. Maus, Persepolis, and American Widow immediately leap to mind. – Tarben6 years ago