Friday, September 18, 2009

Quotes: The Definition of "Art"

From, the first definition of the noun "Art"(and my favorite definition of "Art" to date):
"The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance."

Marcel Duchamp's readymade, Fountain- a much debated piece of art

How do you define "Art"?  I feel this is a question everyone everywhere is always asking.  Art school teachers love to ask their art students this question.  Non-artists love to stand in front of a piece they find perplexing  or outside the realm of "traditional" art with which they're more familiar and ask, "What exactly makes this art?"  Books have been written on the topic.  Every person you ask will likely have a different answer.  The secret is, they are probably all right- especially under the terms of the above (awesome) definition from  I'm not sure there is a right or wrong answer, a right or wrong definition of Art.  Everyone wants their answer to be right, and to convince others that they're right (I have been guilty of this, I will admit).  Every age and every era comes up with a new definition, which often becomes a movement or style that then becomes a chapter in Art History textbooks.  Rather than compete, I think we should try to enjoy the learning and appreciation that can come from hearing others' thoughts on what defines "Art"...even if they're wrong...(just kidding!)  ~Sarah

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