Art Essay: Can Anything Be Art?

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Can anything be art? Or is there a richer set of criteria for what art can and must be?
I do not believe that anything can be art and that there is a richer set of criteria for what art must be. I will justify this view within my essay. I will put forth the criteria for what I believe what can be considered art and why I think that. Some of these thoughts have been influenced by what I have read in the The Role of Theory in Aesthetics and, ‘What is Art? An Institutional Analysis aswell as other articles and readings.
In order for one to answer the question I must define what I believe to be art. Art is something that has value to it; it expresses an aspect or various aspects of normalities within a society, or is so polarising that it has a
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I also believe that it is essential for art to be something that generates some type of emotion and to have some type of value on it. I realise that my definition of art doesn’t define what art is but instead what I believe the criteria for art to be. I do not believe one can give a precise definition of what art is because art is within many different things and is not just one thing. My definition of art incorporates different perspectives that have been influenced by the role of theory in aesthetics. From these definitions I will elaborate further on what it is that I mean in order to prevent any ambiguousy. The value that I am referring to would be an emotional connection (emotionalist approach) or sentimental connection to a piece of art, another form of value would be monetary value, the amount of money or objects that one would be willing to trade for that piece of art and also if that value of that piece of art would increase depending upon it’s rarity. In regards to the aspect of art representing a particular facet of life as close to real life could be considered to be art because the artist is attempting to mirror society. Whether the piece of art that people have polarizing opinions on whether it is art or …show more content…
The reason that I consider this to be art is because it matches the cirteria that I set forth for what I believe constitutes to what art is. For me, this piece of art invokes a great array of emotions, therefor it immediately has emotional value to it. This piece of art that Rose presents is very polarising, the reason for this is that perspective plays a vital role on whether one would view this as art or not. I will two perspectives, why some may argue that it is not art and why other would argue the opposing. The reason why some may not view this as art is because they may critisce the level of skill that it entails to create such an image. This then brings up the question of whether something is art if anybody can do it. A person can only accept this questioning of Rose’s art if they believe the premise that anybody can construct that piece of work. We have seen in the past that art that people do which is considered to be possible to make by anybody is valuable. This thereby implies that even if that piece of art did not require much skill and can be created by anyone it can still be valued and auction for thousands. This has been seen when James Franco sold a piece of invisible art for $10,000. I think that invisble art is Another reason to why some may argue that this isn’t art because it is just names on a board with what appears to be an pregnant naked woman

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