What is Art?

What is art? The question reminds me of the saying, “I am what you think I am.” But is what you think I am, what I am? Hehe. I mean, when most people thought the world was flat, did it make the world flat?

So, if you don’t like Picasso, does that mean his work is not art? No, I don’t think so. It means that you don’t like his art. Yeah?

I have to admit, I do wonder about some people who attend art exhibitions and intellectualize about the merits of works that look like they were created in kindergarten art class. I can imagine them thinking, “If I pretend to understand this crap, people will think I’m intelligent and au fait.”

One time I was at a party and my friend introduced me to an author. The author asked what kind of stuff I wrote. At the time, I wrote scripts for commercials. “Oh, so you’re not a ‘real’ writer?” she bitched. Grrrr. I was livid!

According to Mirriam Webster Online Dictionary, art (in part) is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also : works so produced.

So, I gather that art is not something that is dependent upon the acceptance or rejection of the beholder. Opinion has nothing to do with whether or not art is art, just as the shape of the world has nothing to do with what people imagine it to be.

Does that answer the question: What is Art? I think I’m just as confused as when I started this piece.

What is Art?

Gary Kelly

Taree, Australia

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