Copyright, Jim LaneA still-life self-portrait, Jim Lane
|A single subject, different definitions of art.|
|Picasso pretty much said|
"Art is what you can get away with."
|Does he mean purchase, or accept?|
"Art is whatever the public will buy."
|Harsh, but probably valid.|
"Art is either plagiarism or revolution."
|Unless it's a forgery.|
"Art is the signature of civilizations."
--Jean Sibelius, composer.
|Not so much anymore.|
"Art is meant to disturb."
"Art is vice. You don't marry it legitimately. You rape it."
|Picasso would agree.|
"Art is childish and childlike."
--Damien Hirst, artist.
|What about the king?|
Art is the Queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world."
--Leonardo da Vinci.
|Yes, Charlie Brown.|
"Art does not reproduce what is visible; it makes things visible."
--Paul Klee, artist.
|I get up to eat breakfast.|
"Art is why I get up in the morning..."
|There's that word "beautiful"|
again. I guess architects
don't do ugly.
"Art is a discovery and development of elementary principles of nature into beautiful forms suitable for human use."
--Frank Lloyd Wright.
|He ought to know.|
"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known."
|Process over product.|
"Art is not a thing; art is a way."
And finally, a classic example of a definition that is way too broad:
"Art is anything created, manipulated, or displayed by someone. So, by that logic, everything is art..."--unknown