• Someone Put Glasses On Museum Floor & Visitors Thought It Was Art. What’s Real Art?

    Article by Alexa Erickson

    Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts – artworks, expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. 

    Who never pondered about real art seeing other people or even the media go into raptures over some piece of art while they remained totally unimpressed and nonplussed? I think there's much more to it than a simple matter of taste or education. Try as we might to figure it out, define it or fit it into well-defined boxes as we do with about everything, art will always remain purely subjective and constantly changing. Anyone claiming to fully grasp the whole concept of art would be more of a smug and an hypocrite. That said, you may sometimes wonder what's wrong with you. Like when you studied and spent hours gazing at the paintings of the Impressionists at the Louvre and then took a look at some coloured dot on a blank canvas stamped “work of art” at the National Gallery in London (with a shocking price tag), it certainly does make one wonder. As pointed out with great humour and derision by French comedian threesome les Inconnus in the above popular 1980's parody (sorry no subtitles available). Not in order to disparage some sort of extreme “provocative art” form, but in my humble opinion, to remind us that it's mostly the commercial considerations deliberately attached to it that makes it both “elitist” and difficult to grasp for the average man. Shouldn't art rather be an intuitive thing and assessed as such? I would very much to hear your views in the comment section below.


    Art has taken many forms over the course of our history, and our definitions  of it have changed dramatically, too. Plato believed it to be an imitation of nature, and we held on to that notion for many years, but by the 19th century, photography had largely filled this role.

    In the 20th century, abstract art presented the idea that art was far more than simply representation. Art is a mysterious beast, and its interpretation remains incredibly subjective, yet, as a society, we still find boundaries within studio walls that keep our brains from bursting over the question: What is art?

    The art world says that anything can be art, so long as an artist says it is. Just think of the artist Marcel Duchamp and his infamous white porcelain urinal that challenged our notion of art to its core. It was the “loo that shook the world,” signed “R.Mutt” and titled Fountain. And that was back in 1917. So should we really be surprised that some people call splashing a bunch of paint on a wall art? Or someone sitting for 700 consecutive hours?


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