- Tristan Green
- Austin, TX
- United States
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What is art?
What is art? Can art be defined? How? Also, what is modern art? Is it truly art?
I was discussing art with a teacher of mine, and she was using two definitions as the basis for what she had to say. She was using the definitions of Aristotle and Tolstoy. It seemed to me that these definitions provide an inaccurate description of art, rendering the majority of her argument invalid.
One of my biggest disagreements with what she had to say was on the topic of modern art. It is the belief of her, and some of my classmates, that modern art isn't really art. The point that they pursued the most was that modern art took less skill. The example they used was Jackson Pollock. They believed that his splatter painting took no real skill, and that because it was "just splattered paint" it took no skill to produce. They had the same thing to say about ready made art.
It was their opinion that such things were only popular, or regarded as art, because of the artist responsible for the product.
I want to know what YOU think art is, and why you think that. What does art do to you, how does it make you feel?
Also, I'd like to hear about your opinions on Tolstoy's definition of art pertaining specifically to modern art.
Thank you to all that respond, and I hope that my questions really get you thinking.
Aristotle's definition of art - http://www.iep.utm.edu/aristotl/
Tolstoy's definition of art - http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/dbanach/h-tolstoy-banach.htm
Jackson Pollock - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock