I've had something on my mind. It might have started with my first awareness of Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" or Piero Manzoni's "Artist's Shit" and has continued to grow with my more recent awareness of bio art (Eduardo Kac amongst others). It seems like such a simple question:
WHAT IS ART?
|Piero Manzoni, Base of the World, 1961|
I thought the above piece by Piero Manzoni was quite clever. It is a pedestal, like the ones you see in art galleries used to display work. However, it's upside down. The large words in French translate to something like "pedestal for the world". How I interpret this is that he put the world on a pedestal to say that the world is art.
The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary has this definition of art:
"Something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings."
Well, I guess that's an okay but it seems lacking. I took a stab at writing a definition:
Art is a creative representational reflection of the world. Art often explores what it means to be human. It is a form of language, the attempted expression of an idea. Art has power in its ability to bring us to attentiveness and re-engage with reality.
Does art have boundaries? Can anything be considered art? I struggle with this.
How do you define art?
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