Thursday, February 17, 2011

Define Art

The definition of art is controversial in contemporary philosophy. Whether art can be defined has also been a matter of controversy. The philosophical usefulness of a definition of art has also been debated.

What is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you picture a famous painting, statue, musical or literary work? I think one of the best definitions of the idea of art is that it is something that asks the observer a question. Should this three-letter word be abstract and hard to define? Perhaps, considering the fact that one classic painting, statue, symphony or literary work cannot sum up the meaning of the word or the depth that it implies.

Just a few examples to describe the word Art:

  • the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
  • the products of human creativity
  • the creation of beautiful or significant things
  • a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation
  • the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions.
  • created to have an impact, to change someone else.


1 comment:

Sherry said...

Art is in the eye of the beholder.