Art is that guy who used to play with Paul Simon.
That's just, like, my opinion, man...
In germany art is called kunst, in sweden konst, and in most europeans countries i think it is something the same. And kunst is from the german word kunen (to know)
So from the begining art is meant to be somthing that artist have great knowledge in.
great knowledge in photography, painting, building cars etc.
Everything if done right and with great knowledge is art. And not so much how things look. Thats my view on it anyways.
Beats the living daylights out of me. Mr. Art Liem asserts that it is great to be Art, perhaps he can explain what he means by that.
nope it is that guy on Apug who runs around Toronto and Connecticut with a bright yellow Hblad taking beautiful photos of beautiful women...
Originally Posted by JBrunner
I think I shall follow Laurie Andersons dictum; " Art is a virus, some people get it, some people don't."
She: What do you do for a living?
Me: I take pictures.
She: Oh, you're a photographer.
Me: No,... I'm an art thief. :)
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Art is gone. In a time when anything can be Art: a urinal basin on a pedestal; a light switch in an empty room; a cow sliced in half and pickled in formaldehyde; a bunch of bricks laid in a certain pattern... If anything can be art, then everything is art, and if everything is art then art has no unique meaning, and if art has no meaning then it does not exist. QED.
All that is left is a bunch of rich people shuffling stuff around between them at auction houses...
BTW, "Art" is much the same word in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese etc. "Art" however has a similar root meaning to "Kunst", coming from the Latin "Ars" meaning skill or craft.
Art is subjective and undefinable. It depends on your prespective and what you want it to be. For a Dr. the bodily functions and chemistry there in are an art form. For the farmer it is the artistic ability to produce viable products to consume. For the artist it is what ever they say it is. For the critic, it is what they personally think it is. For the rest of us, it is what is told to us. Who really knows exactly? And who really cares. If I make something that pleases me, then I"M happy. To hell with definitions by someone elses terms.
Damned if I know, but I know it if I see it.
Originally Posted by jovo
I am not sure if I know it when I see it, but I know what I like.
Karen Roeeder MFA (Master in Fine Art) from US asked similar question on internet (she asked on one forum how I know is one particular photograph art?). Beside MFA she is B. in Biology too, and she say she is top photographer also. Now came car-repairers, hear-dressers, pro-boxers, …, as camera owners, to quarrel around who will make “better” definition. Not to belittle anyone, but this is very similar as one ask question what is Law, and if he “figure it out” now he is a lawyer.
Art is a word before just anything. Many cultures does not have such word within their language, but still people there make artworks. Michelangelo or Durer was not that much concerned with meaning of that word as photographers are. They just did it, and other ask around what is it they did with a hope they will make the same (or similar).
If you want to know more about activities bonded around such word, the best advice is find a book “History of art”, from H. Janson, 5th edition or earlier (there is 6th and 7th edd. too).
Not to be bad in you eye, art is extraordinary work, work done by a guy named artist a guy who has a spider-net on his as*. Gear is work done by engineer. Fire is quenched by firefighter.
Find a way to measure quality of work done by hand, and you will find answer on you question.