Is everything that created/assembled by humans art?

There are many different definitions of art.

art - the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power

art - the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance

art - a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artefacts, expressing the author's imaginative, conceptual ideas, or technical skill

art - the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects

These definitions have changed over time.

Art used to be mainly associated with religion. It often depicted godly figures, landscapes and people.

It was only in the 1860s that impressionist art was founded, which puts the importance of capturing a feeling or experience above the importance of an accurate depiction. Artists like Van Gogh are still celebrated today due to the way in which they captured experiences such as pain and beauty.

In the early 1900s, surrealism came into the picture. Artists such as Salvador Dali created strange, surreal pieces of artwork that captured the workings of the subconscious.

The first abstract art movement began in the early 1900s too. It was only then that people realised art did not have to depict something that might exist in real life or something that could be imagined in our world. It used shapes, lines, colours and moods to communicate new experiences.

Nowadays, recognised art covers a massive range of mediums and styles, from cave paintings to dance recitals to literature. However, there is some debate over what actually counts as art. A piece of furniture in the corner that was constructed, does that count? A meal that was cooked, does that qualify as art? A spoon? Because people could technically exhibit anything that they thought expressed something, anything, and tell everyone it was an art form.

Here are some different points of view:

'If everything was art, it renders the term “art” meaningless.'

'Art is the communication of concepts, ideas, and possibilities. It is the exploration of new ways of communicating through the senses. Most importantly, it serves no pragmatic purpose other than this.'

'Anything can be art, but everything is not already art. What makes something art is the act of framing it as art.'

'Art is everything that induces emotions in humans, Aka everything.'

So what do you think? Is everything art? Does everything have the potential to become art? What makes something art or not art?

Comments (4)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    18 Jun 2020

    Hi lovable_write! I had to delete the pictures from your post as we don't have the copyright to use them. If you like, you can do the post again and add in the links to the pictures to that other people can click on them to view them. Sorry about that!

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    19 Jun 2020

    Is everything that created/assembled by humans art? In my opinion, yes. I think this because if a person thinks something man-made or anything for that matter is art then it is art to them. Something might be art to someone and not art to another. In the eyes of the person who thinks something is art that thing is art.

    However, on the other hand, something that is man-made could be classified as something that is not art because many man-made things are created at the expense of other things such as the environment. Maybe something that has been made at the expense of something else should not be art because although someone might think the mad-made object is art, it has been made at the expense of other things.

    I disagree with this because if someone wants something to be art then in their eyes it is art as I said earlier. It is someone's choice whether something, in their eyes, is classified as art or not. It can not be said that a particular object does not classify as art. If someone think something is art then in their view it is art, man-made or not.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 19 Jun 2020

      Some really interesting points, versatile_molecule. Is there anything that all people could agree is NOT art?

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      1. Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 22 Jun 2020

        I do not think that there is something that all people could agree is not art because there will always be some people who think something is art in their eyes. However, there are things that many people think should not be classified as art. For example: Many of the Propaganda posters from the Nazis were painted by artists. Even though they were painted, many do not see them as art because of their message and the meaning behind them.

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