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?