Where is the line between art and not art?

I decided to do things a little differently this week…
Instead of posting a quote for the beginning I’d like to start with the definition of a term:

Art: 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.

Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/art

 

In my opinion, they absolutely nailed it. “producing work[s] to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”
We know that art is created not only to invoke interested, wonder and emotion in the beholder, but also to allow the artist to express themselves.

The definition states “beauty”. Beauty. What is beauty? There’s an old saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Therefore, what appears to be beautiful in my eyes may not look so appealing to you.

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Is art only about beauty? Can something be beautiful without being art, or be art without being beautiful? What about maths? Is maths beautiful in some way?
An architect designs buildings, a musician composes songs and a carpenter builds a workpiece. All of these forms are classed by many as art, proving that artistic practice is not limited to just paintings.
I see many people complaining about modern art.
They say: “Even my child could do this”, “Those are just random lines without any meaning”, ….

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Why is modern art so popular then? Because of its beauty? Because of its emotional power? Is it about its uncertainty? Art can be very philosophical. It can be interpreted differently by everybody. For me, that’s the big difference between modern art and ancient art.

So is Albrecht Dürer’s Young Hare art? The answer lies in the eyes of the beholder: it’s for you to decide…

 

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