Extra Lex: A Three-Letter Word That Defies Definition

It’s a common word with only three letters. But can you define “art”?

To Plato, art was imitation of nature, but in the 19th century, photography took over that function, and in the 20th, abstract art overturned the whole notion that art was about representation. And although art meant skill early on, conceptual artists elevated ideas over execution. So what is art? Does it have to be beautiful? Expressive? Original? Uplifting? Intellectual? Here’s how 27 artists, critics, and others answered the question, “What is art?”

http://mentalfloss.com/article/57501/27-responses-question-what-art

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2 Responses to Extra Lex: A Three-Letter Word That Defies Definition

  1. John says:

    My favorite response is Leo Tolstoy; “To evoke in oneself a feeling one has once experienced, and having evoked it in oneself, then, by means of movements, lines, colors, sounds, or forms expressed in words, so to transmit that feeling that others may experience the same feeling — this is the activity of art.” Art really creates some sort of relationship or bond between the artist and those who receive the impression.

  2. Thanks, John. I agree that ideas are not enough. Art must communicate feelings.

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