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Jul. 14th, 2011 03:25 pm What is ART ?5 comments - Leave a commentPrevious Entry Share Next Entry


Date:July 15th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
I think something is art if its creator, or its "audience", says it's art. A child's scribbled crayon drawing of grinning stick figures is art, because the child and Mom both say so. Jackson Pollock created his paintings by dripping and splattering paint; although this was controversial at the time, he is now generally considered to have been an artist.

Popular entertainment is art. We think of Shakespeare and Dickens as "literature", but their works were the equivalent of today's TV sitcoms and dramas. A lot of "classical" music is the pop music of 200 years ago. So, yes, television, movies, radio, contemporary music styles - they're all art.

Sculpture is art; even a model airplane built from a kit is art, if the person who built it took pains to make it both accurate and personally meaningful. Fashion design is art. Heck, website design is art! Cooking can be art, whether because of beautiful presentation, or because of creative deliciousness, or both.

One word of caution: things are art even if you don't personally like them. I go out of my way to avoid hip-hop music, landscape paintings, and almost all television... but they're still art, they're just "art I don't like".

I also happen to consider really well-designed technology to be art - anything from a fine car, to an easy-to-work-with computer program, to an especially effective popcorn popper, to wind-powered generators...