What is Art?

Use this forum to have philosophical discussions about aesthetics and art. What is art? What is beauty? What makes art good? You can also use this forum to discuss philosophy in the arts, namely to discuss the philosophical points in any particular movie, TV show, book or story.
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Re: What is Art?

Post by Greta » November 20th, 2017, 12:09 am

It looks like a fair few of us agree that, as you'd expect, art is subjective.

The line between nature and is blurred to some extent with photo art:

The visual is inherently artistic, with its subtle shading and beautiful folds, but Jupiter isn't making art, it's just gaseous material. Yet the photograph, with consideration to framing and light, capturing a particular moment, becomes a digital object of art.

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Re: What is Art?

Post by 3uGH7D4MLj » December 11th, 2017, 5:44 pm

I think the best definition is simply what everyone usually takes as meaning art. The common, ordinary sense of the word. An object made by an artist, presented on the wall or on a pedestal, in art galleries and museums, etc. Good, bad, indifferent, art is simply art. Everything else is everything else.

"Art" is not a value judgement, it's a category of objects. Suit yourself, but this works for me and I recommend it.

You could say that there's a second definition: the highest aspiration of humankind. But the first description works great for most purposes.
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Re: What is Art?

Post by Jan Sand » December 12th, 2017, 12:00 am

To generalize, it's quite obvious that the highest aspiration of humanity today is money. To consider the value of a piece of art it is most indicated in its sale price,whatever its other qualities may be. Quite a few people find money of huge aesthetic value, above love, beauty, compassion, and even life itself. And that latter seems to be destroying the planet.

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Re: What is Art?

Post by SimpleGuy » December 12th, 2017, 4:53 am

Good art is not only a superb expression of ones own feelings, its a good way to earn a mediocre existence.

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Re: What is Art?

Post by chala » December 20th, 2017, 5:22 pm

I would define art as a process that occurs when a quality of emotion not experienced in our normal life is intentionally communicated to another through the medium of a work of art.

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