A Slideshow of Art Styles

I was having lunch with some other artists when one of them asked "What is Art?" If I take a roll of plastic wrap and drape it around Mt Everest, is that art? If I pour paint, or even throw paint on a canvas, is that art? If I digitally produce a picture, is that art? If I take a photo and digitally enhance it, is that art? If I copy a photograph, is that art?

Well, I'm old school. If an artist sits down in front of a blank canvas and creates something, that's art. I'm sure that's art. But it's not that simple. If I take a photograph and put it into a projector, then project it onto a canvas and copy it, sorta' paint by number, is that art? That's a good question and that's what a lot, and I mean a whole lot of "artists" are doing. 

It certainly is popular nowadays. People like to buy what they recognize. If something looks like a photograph then they feel that must be really good art.They don't understand Abstraction or Expressionism or Impressionism and other forms of art. And why should they? They were not art majors. Let's go back to basics. Art is in the eye of the beholder.

 

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