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    What is art?

    Im new to the forum and found this area interesting.

    I have a big question that is bugging me, i just cant keep on because of it. What is art?
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    Art is a mode of communication where the real message is emotional, piggybacking on a different message.

    That "carrier" message can be verbal or nonverbal, its immediate content or form doesn't matter that much.
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    Well to me, art is a way of expressing oneself through different media and comes in many forms from the Fine arts to Culinary arts. It can be good or bad from plain to amazing. It does depend on the person.
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    What do you think art is?

    Art is a very subjective thing. I once saw a painting: offwhite backgraound, one simple black line across the canvas. That was it. It hung in an art museum in San Diego California. Do I think that is art? Not really...but, only because I do not understand that piece.

    But, I look at matte paintings from Ryan Church, Abstracts from Jackson Pollack, and paintings from any of 3 or 4 dozen artists and I know that I'm looking at art. Some good, some bad..but, it's all art.

    There's a good book that explains abstract art. It is called "A painting is like a pizza". It really does a good job explaining what abstract art is, and you can expand that definition to be all of art.

    In short...wheter you agree with it or not, that painting in San Diego....it's art. Good photos, bad photos, blurry photos...it's all art.
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    I'm going to go with Darkwolf on this one.

    Art is incredibly subjective, lets take a look at the dictionary definition according to oxford

    Definition of art
    noun
    1 [mass noun] the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power:
    the art of the Renaissance
    great art is concerned with moral imperfections
    she studied art in Paris
    works produced by human creative skill and imagination:
    his collection of modern art
    [as modifier]:
    an art critic
    creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture:
    she’s good at art
    2 (the arts) the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance:
    the visual arts
    [in singular]:
    the art of photography
    3 (arts) subjects of study primarily concerned with human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects):
    the belief that the arts and sciences were incompatible
    the Faculty of Arts
    4a skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice:
    the art of conversation
    Based off that, anything created can be considered art. But i really resonate with the "emotional power" part of that definition.
    Personally i look at it this way: Anything created with intention to incite a response from its audience is art. Now whether or not its successful is another matter entirely which depends on the viewer. So its up to you to decide if it did incite a response in you. And if it didn't, could it still be art? Because maybe it moved me.
    In the end, its up to you, the audience, to decide.
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    Just here to say i have read all but aint sure what to answer. Thanks for the replys!
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    Remember when this would have spawned an 8-page thread full of modern bashing, pomo BS, personal insults, and eventually unrelated youtube videos?
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    ...and we stopped doing that why...when...?
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    I think we represent a smaller gene pool of irritable bastards at the moment.
    I was once on the receiving end of a critique so savagely nasty, I marched straight out of class to the office and changed my major (sketchbook).
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    Then the rest of us will just have to work harder...won't we?
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