What is art?

What is art?..

It may be hubris to attempt to describe what art is. What is art? It certainly isn’t easy. I mean, art was around before people wasn’t it? This may be a bit of the “if a tree falls/sound” thing. Can a truly magnificent sunset on a beach be called art, or is it only after it is reproduced on paper that it becomes art? According to several definitions, art is only human- This comes from Wikipedia; “Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the sensesemotions, and intellect.”. Intellect is defined as a human trait, although I think there are animals that create art (the bower bird is a good example with not only thoughtful design, intent to provoke emotion (in a female), but also song and dance). Life – The Vogelkop Bowerbird: Nature’s Great Seducer – BBC One


If art can only be created, admired and judged subjectively by humans, then there will never be a definition of art because we can never agree with each other. By most definitions of art, graffiti and tattoos are art, but who would want to hang those on their wall? A very artful poster of Steve McQueen on a Triumph motorcycle on the set of “The Great Escape” hangs on my wall, but who would call that an image of self expression worthy tagging or inking? Don’t even get me started on music!

Anyway, let’s just say what I say is art is art and what you say is art is art and what we both say is not art is not art. Since you and I are the only ones who matter, that should do it, don’t you think? Check out our gallery for a wide range of “art” https://strikingstone.com/gallery/