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Eye of the Beholder

September 3rd, 2013

Eye of the Beholder

What is Art?

The nature of art has been described by philosopher Richard Wollheim as "one of the most elusive of the traditional problems of human culture". Art has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas, a means for exploring and appreciating formal elements for their own sake, and as mimesis or representation. Art as mimesis has deep roots in the philosophy of Aristotle.

In the twenty-first century, the question "what is art?" has been debated for so long that, in terms of creating an art survey text, we now tend to accept Marcel Duchamp's inclusive definition, "Art is whatever an artist says it is."

ART is creative human skill.

ART is communication about the self and the world using sight - the Visual Arts sound - Music, words - the Literary Arts, and/or actions (Dance and Drama).

ART can be a combination of all of these.

ART explores media, which is the materials, images, words and actions used.

ART explores messages, subjects and objects, themes and issues.