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    My thoughts would be that art is something created to share an emotion. Positive or negative. I also hope that we are including all forms of art. Photography (naturally), painting, sculpture, music, writing, etc.

    And follow and follow and follow…

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    I recommend the book, "The Art Question" by Nigel Warburton. The author examines past and current definitions of art and examines each with very insightful examples and counter examples. I won't spoil this discussion by giving his conclusions (which I agree with for the most part), but I will tell you he discusses all of the concepts put in bold in the above posts. A good read for those interested in such questions.

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    The one on the right.
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    I was thinking of Garfunkel too...

    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    The one on the right.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    I quote it out of memory, it´s many years back since I read it,
    but here it goes :

    "Ask a hundred people about their definition of art and you will
    receive a hundred different answers. The sheer number of different answers
    finally proves just one thing : The term art is not definable and a term
    that´s not definable is a futile term."

    - Willem Flusser, philosopher -


    I have a lot of sympathy for that statement and this very thread will probably prove that he´s right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arigram View Post
    I would define it as such:
    "Art is the exploration of the human existence by creative means"
    Bears repeating, and I think sums up the definition pretty well.

    Defining art can only be accomplished, it seems to me, in quite broad brush strokes, and ultimately, it's not as interesting a question as the questions one might ask by simply looking at, listening to, or otherwise enjoying or being challenged by it.

    Even if the art is spilled punch. Or accidental, or intentional, or beautiful, or ugly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noumin View Post
    I quote it out of memory, it´s many years back since I read it,
    but here it goes :

    "Ask a hundred people about their definition of art and you will
    receive a hundred different answers. The sheer number of different answers
    finally proves just one thing : The term art is not definable and a term
    that´s not definable is a futile term."

    - Willem Flusser, philosopher -


    I have a lot of sympathy for that statement and this very thread will probably prove that he´s right.
    He also once said that every word he said was a trap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuzanneR View Post
    Defining art can only be accomplished, it seems to me, in quite broad brush strokes, and ultimately, it's not as interesting a question as the questions one might ask by simply looking at, listening to, or otherwise enjoying or being challenged by it.
    Indeed.
    The interesting questions are the ones art has as its subject.
    Focussing on art itself instead is missing the point it has to make.

    But of course one thing does not exclude the other.

    So we musn't dwell too much on what art is at the expense of enjoying it, and all will be well. Eventually...

    As if we will ever stop asking questions like "what is art"...

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    To me, art is language we need to invent because what we have now isn't sufficient. Art's core purpose is to expand our vocabulary and allow us to say things that haven't been said before. So, for me, art is the result of an exploratory act.
    "Only dead fish follow the stream"

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    art is a form of communication; whether you like it or not.
    We cannot change how the cards are dealt, just how to play the hand...
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