Ask a hundred people to define the term 'art' and you will have a hundred definitions. Put two passionate artists together and ask them to agree on what 'art' means, and you may have a script for a reality show.
The Encyclopedia Britannica defines art simply as 'a visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination'. In other words, anything created by a conscious being, for any or no purpose, can potentially fit the definition. Forgive me for not accepting 'it can be anything' as a definition for, well, any thing. Although similar in concept, I suggest a minor adjustment to the above: 'art is a visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill, imagination and purpose'.
Skill alone can make for superbly crafted artifacts. Still, craftsmanship is not limited to art. Every single day, engineers, architects, carpenters, machinists and other professionals produce objects of great beauty and utility but with no artistic aspiration or purpose. Requiring skill and imagination means that the result should be something of the artist’s own conception rather than ...
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