I have taken every art history course available to me, spent my early years reading all I could get my hands on regarding Art, and I honestly don't believe I ever ran across the phrase 'Fine Art' in any quantity or with any intended significance until I started immersing myself in photography.
Adding fine to art is a pale marketing move.
the way I see it
In the abstract Art may only be a subjective interpretation that need only affect or be understood by one person. As in: I laugh at my own jokes. If I laugh really hard it is probably good; if I fall to the floor begin to choke and wet myself it is probably great.
It would probably be wrong (arrogant?) for the modifier 'fine' to be added by the person creating the work. Unless, of course, the creator of the work is also the audience.
David Goldfarb's post regarding fine art and applied art insinuates that the phrase Fine Art is more than a marketing contrivance. It would also indicate that I should have studied harder in school.
If David is correct than I would tell anyone creating any visual work solely for the purposes of display to use the phrase ‘Fine Art’ if that is their desire.
With all due respect to David G I don't believe that future generations are the only ones that can determine whether or not one is an artist or not. The opinions of others both current and future would be helpful if not required in determining the quality and type of artist. I would suggest we all are artists in a manner and to a degree. Just as we all are dishwashers, chauffeurs, writers, etc… When you make your primary focus the making of art (or dishwashing, or chauffeuring, etc…) you should have every right to and be accepted as that thing you do. (I do not now nor will I ever call myself a writer.)
As many here know, I bristle at the suggestion that you cannot call yourself an artist. There is a false modesty in the suggestion that plays to ignorance, and supports a social strata that otherwise can't stand on its own.
Last edited by jd callow; 11-15-2006 at 05:07 PM. Click to view previous post history.