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1 What is Art?

2 The same?

3 Insured for $100 million Hung in the Louvre Gallery, Paris Print bought for 20 Euros Found in Louvre gift shop They look the same but are they both art?

4 What is the REAL difference?

5 Does it depend on the purpose of art? Or on the skill involved in producing it? Or in the way it is used/ perceived by society? How many of the following criteria are important for something to be considered art? What is art ?

6 Arts are a way of expressing emotion? We engage in art forms that generate an emotional response

7 Art imitates nature or the world? It takes great skill to paint a realistic scene It takes great skill to paint a realistic scene Or is this only imitation? Or is this only imitation?

8 Photography?

9 e.g. Cubism – tries to give a truer representation of nature, although it may be less realistic e.g. Cubism – tries to give a truer representation of nature, although it may be less realistic Art conveys truth about the world? Art conveys truth about the world?

10 Art teaches us what is right? Heightens moral awareness? Heightens moral awareness?

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15 Art has to be beautiful. or interesting? Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for example. John Ruskin Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for example. John Ruskin

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17 Art requires creativity and uniqueness? Art requires creativity and uniqueness? Art requires technical skill?

18 Art has to be accepted as such by the establishment of art galleries, experts, artists and the public? Yet some of our finest works of art were rejected as childish daubings when they were created. Yet some of our finest works of art were rejected as childish daubings when they were created.

19 Art offers insight into the human condition? Art is regarded as a mark of civilization Art is regarded as a mark of civilization It offers a way to make sense of our natural world, a way to interpret our emotions, and a guide to morality It offers a way to make sense of our natural world, a way to interpret our emotions, and a guide to morality This purpose encompasses all previous purposes This purpose encompasses all previous purposes Other disciplines give us knowledge but art broadens our emotional and intellectual boundaries.

20 How can we distinguish art from not art? Was it intended as art? Was it intended as art? Is it original and creative? Is it original and creative? Is it beautiful? – if there are objective standards of beauty… Is it beautiful? – if there are objective standards of beauty… Did it require skill? – did the artist do anything special? Did it require skill? – did the artist do anything special? Does it invoke emotion – Does it make us feel something? Does it invoke emotion – Does it make us feel something? Does it imitate nature? Does it imitate nature? Does it teach us something? – morally? Socially? Does it teach us something? – morally? Socially? Does it give us insight into the human condition? Does it give us insight into the human condition? Does it contain truth? Does it contain truth? What does society think? Experts? The public? Other artists??? – does it have any authority as Art? What does society think? Experts? The public? Other artists??? – does it have any authority as Art?

21 Where is the art in this? Where is the: Emotion? Emotion? Skill? Skill? Beauty? Beauty? Truth? Truth? Humanity? Humanity? The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst Or is it art only because Hirst and the establishment say it is?

22 Is graffiti an art form? Emotion? Emotion? Skill? Skill? Beauty? Beauty? Truth? Truth? Humanity? Humanity? Or just mindless vandalism?

23 Should street caricature sketchers be treated as artists? Which criteria or purposes does this meet? Which criteria or purposes does this meet? Skill? Skill? Beauty? Beauty? Truth? Truth? Humanity? Humanity? Authority? Authority? Or is it just a craft?

24 Do Vietnam-era Zippo lighters, etched by soldiers, have artistic merit?

25 The next step… Look at some other art forms: Is photography an art? Is photography an art? Sculpture? Sculpture? What kinds of music are art? What kinds of music are art? How can performance be an art? How can performance be an art? When does a movie become an art film? When does a movie become an art film?


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