A - What is Art

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Stone Field

by Carl Andre

Stone Field

by Carl Andre

Andre was given $97,000 from the National Endowment of the Arts to create this project in Hartford, Connecticut.

Many Hartford residents saw this as a waste of money and a waste of space. “Rocks in a park is not ‘art’.”

Relativism

Does each person get to decide for herself or himself what is “art”?

Does each person get to decide for himself or herself what is

good

“art”?

IF ANYONE CAN DECIDE THAT SOMETHING IS “ART” OR NOT “ART” THEN IT FOLLOWS THAT IT IS ALSO UP TO A PERSONAL OPINION AS TO WHAT IS GOOD “ART”

What Makes “Art” Good?

A work of art is only good if it gives pleasure to the viewer.

ART IS ONLY ART IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.

What Makes “Art” Good?

A work of art is only good if it creates a better viewer.

Food Analogy: People often believe that food is good because it gives them pleasure…food is good because it gives them nutrition and life not pleasure ART IS ONLY ART IF IT MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON. Art gives you a better understanding of the world and so helps you to be a more well-rounded person

What Makes “Art” Good?

A work of art is only good if it creates a positive response within the viewer.

“It is very beautiful, but of course no one likes it.” “A work of art is good if the work evokes a positive response that is recognized as arising from features in the object traditionally considered worthy of attention and reflection.”

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