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DBUG PRODUCTIONS

2 Days Ago

What Is Art

This was the question my teacher asked me ...

He was so well known for asking this question
his friend Martin Best used to call him "MR. WHAT IS IT"

Here is the wikipedia page for Martin Best ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Best

Here is the wikipedia page for my teacher ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Holden

I began my training with Cliff Holden when I was just 10 years old in 1975

If you haven't heard of him or his work before
then I am very glad to introduce him to you for the first time

Maybe it's not necessary to be famous to be an artist ...
but then again maybe it is

I wonder what you think ???



Cliff Holden 1999

Picture credit : Douglas Westbury & Cliff Holden

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DBUG PRODUCTIONS

2 Days Ago

Members might also like to join this contest called "What is Art" ...

https://fineartamerica.com/contests/what-is-art.html

Voting doesn't begin for another 13 Days

GOOD LUCK TO ONE AND ALL !!!!!

 

Doug Swanson

2 Days Ago

It's whatever you say it is or whatever I say it is. That goes for anybody else who wishes to have an opinion.

 

Joy McKenzie

2 Days Ago

What Doug said.

 

Hugh Warren

2 Days Ago

Encyclopaedias of argument have been written on this subject I imagine. Some of the conclusions reached don't do it for me. I've come across lots of upturned noses concerning the Impressionists, for example, with disparaging references to their works being 'pretty'. Why must 'art' be ugly, I'd ask?

 

Val Arie

2 Days Ago

Doug - Good answer!

 

Kathy Anselmo

2 Days Ago

Anything

 

Douglas Brown

2 Days Ago

Whatever you want it to be like the previous caller said.

 

Milija Jakic

2 Days Ago

So I say it is not that :)

 

Abbie Shores

2 Days Ago

This old chestnut again? What do you want it to be?

 

DBUG Productions

2 Days Ago

My teacher encouraged me to draw with this question in mind always asking but never finding answers in the words ... only through the activity itself and the physical sense of touch we attain states of no thought and the artwork comes about as a by product of that

 

My 'teacher[if he could be so referred?]' - encouraged me to draw with no question or awareness in mind - not even the sense of touch... and so we each describe an attitudinal-state-of-being to deal with the ingenuous question: What i.....

 

Yup, Doug has is right. Abbie has an appropriate question to support Doug's answer.


~ Bill
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~ BillSwartwout.com


 

Ronald Walker

2 Days Ago

Exercising creativity to express something, emotions, thoughts or whatever. In reality the definition tends to be set by each artist who then spends lots of time and effort convincing others that what they are making is indeed art.

 

Bradford Martin

2 Days Ago

IDK but it seems to be the favorite topic here. Second only to who is a real artist.

 

Richard Reeve

2 Days Ago

... and don't forget the old chestnut "is photography art?"

 

David Bridburg

2 Days Ago

Run away from anyone asking! It is a trap.

LOL

Dave

 

Jim Taylor

2 Days Ago

Art is making a thing
and then trying to make a better one
and you keep doing this until you die
and that's a pretty good life

 

Tony Murray

2 Days Ago

Culture is a reflection of history, art is the light that enters it, artists are the prism that give it dimension and scope

 

David Bridburg

2 Days Ago

Tony,

You sure of that?

Dave

 

DBUG Productions

2 Days Ago

Thank you Dave ! I should have run away !!!

 

DBUG Productions

2 Days Ago

What I was going to say until I saw Dave's message ... bodhicitta is the mind pleasing to God ... and yes there are lots of tricky things we find along the way ... that is the work of the critical faculty always thinking never satisfied ... but beautiful things happen if we can learn how to let it go (BUT that doesn't mean that EVERY VIEW IS RIGHT because clinging is what the ego does and art must be free)

 

Richard Downs

2 Days Ago

I suspect that what lies behind this question a lot of the time are the missing words GOOD and BAD. Let's assume an artist who has his or her work published all over the world, is a household name, has work hanging in galleries and fought over in bidding wars by the super rich must be GOOD. Yet individuals may look at it and find it ugly or pointless or just feel indifference towards it. Does that mean those individuals lack taste or the rest of the world is being conned or some collective madness exists in the world of art? Or is there a universal standard, even if no one can agree what it is? On this site, is GOOD art the stuff that sells and work that doesn't is therefore BAD or NOT GOOD ENOUGH? I guess it's all Art in one way or another, but the question gets really interesting when you try to rank it!

 

DBUG Productions

2 Days Ago

Thank you Richard ! I agree !!!

:)

I do think this is an INTERESTING QUESTION ...

and not without a certain resonance in a forum on a website which calls itself "Fine Art America"

 

Jack Torcello

1 Day Ago

Art is performance. Art is act. Art is for somebody - somebody other than its creator.
Art is not the paint, the frame, the note, the word, the pixel, the stone, the clay, the bronze etc.
These art objects or artefacts give rise to a unique response by the auditor, viewer, reader etc.

Art IS that unique response - good or bad!

 

DBUG Productions

1 Day Ago

APOLOGY

I am sorry I mentioned God earlier in this thread

RULE NUMBER SEVEN

7. No religion or politics in the main discussion area. At all.

https://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=260080

 

David Bridburg

1 Day Ago

She might not have been listening.

Not to worry.

God that is.

Dave

 

Jonathan Newman

1 Day Ago

Baby don't hurt me no more

 

Drew

1 Day Ago

Itz fART with a typo!

 

Lisa Kaiser

1 Day Ago

Art is the viewing of an object or the acts of varied groupings of human activity involving the creative endeavors of visual, auditory or performing works that entertain our emotions and imagination, and conceptual ideas.

Technical skills within the artwork/s are required and are intended to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotive power.

Related to the production of works, include art criticism, art history, applied art like interior and exterior decorating, story telling, performing, showing, art on products, art education, and the selling and marketing of it all.

Wow, that was hard to answer as I was trying to answer your question from a global standpoint because of the diversity of art.

 

Doug Swanson

22 Hours Ago

I'm glad that I can't answer the question.

Otherwise, in non-plague times, when I get invites to a lot of local openings, which are, in part, social events, I'd have to insult or rebuff a lot of people that have objects on walls and pedestals by telling them that theirs is not art. Of course, my judgement on this is final, nobody else's counts for anything. All of the people in the gallery who liked those objects are, of course, idiots or people with no judgement or taste or knowledge of art.

I guess everybody else is doing the same thing, but I'm the one that is right.

 

J R SEYMOUR

22 Hours Ago

What is art? Creation!!! You have to think it, then make it, before it can even be interpreted to be judged good or bad.....

 

Roger Swezey

18 Hours Ago

Just wondering,

Wouldn't it have been nice, if we didn't have the word, "Art"?

Then we wouldn't have been all hung up on what it is.....and worst of all, what it isn't.

 

Deniz Turkmen

7 Hours Ago

A form of expression. You are itching to tell the world how you feel. You write, you dance, you paint, you speak. Not necessarily in that order ☺

 

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