Monday, 20 January 2014

15. What is Art?



Is art the encapsulation of beauty and all that is beautiful?

Does art aim to please the viewer's gaze?

Does art's beauty depend on the viewer's own perception of beauty?


Does art aim to locate beauty in that which is not considered beautiful?

Does art aim to shock, offend, or incite anger in the viewer?

Is a person's shock, offence or anger upon viewing a piece of art only a response to the world around them, and not towards the art itself?

Is there a corruption in the viewer who sees ugliness in art that is generally considered beautiful?

Is there a corruption in the viewer who sees beauty in art that is generally considered ugly?

Is beauty or ugliness in a work of art a magnification of the internal beauty or ugliness of its creator?

Is there such a thing as moral or immoral art?

Does the viewer delve beneath the surface of art at their own peril?

Does an artist create the symbolism of a piece of art first, then the surface? Or does the artist create the surface of a piece of art, only for the work of art's underlying symbolism to emerge on its own accord?

Should a viewer search for answers in a work of art? Should a viewer ask questions about a work of art?

Is all art, as Wilde suggests, "quite useless"?

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