It's tough for me to argue your points because in actuality my photography is about as straight as it gets, and I am obsessive about print quality. But in the end, yes, I gave up trying to define good art. I can only define it for myself based on what I like and don't like. And even then, I might occasionally come across something that unexpectedly grabs me even though I would have never expected it to.
I've been surrounded by the arts as long as I can remember and the more experienced I became the more I realized there is no actual good/bad or correct/incorrect the way there is in Mathematics, nor does anyone have to be able to explain why they are drawn to something for it to be a valid appreciation. You can pull your hair out trying to see what others see, or you can have enough confidence in your own knowledge, vision and artisitic maturity to judge for yourself.
When I look at art, I like it or not. If I don't like it, I then ask myself if I can at least appreciate it on a more objective level and recognize the greatness others see in it. But the older I get the less emphasis I place on the second question. Since my own personal standards are extremely high, I don't need external standards. This very often puts me at odds with people, but that's fine.
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