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    Graham
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    To artists and non-artists: What is art? I ask this after trawling through some of the web-based art galleries. One particular piece was of an old plastic bag full of newspapers. What can be counted as a piece of art?

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    Name : Graham, Gender : M, City : London, State : NA Country : United Kingdom, 
    #31259

    In the world of art, means of expression comes in all worldly shapes and forms. Examine the piece and meditate on what the person is trying to say. You will get the message right, even if you are wrong.

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    Name : Christopher D., Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Christian, Age : 23, City : Arlington, State : TX Country : United States, Education level : High School Diploma, Social class : Lower middle class, 
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    Kim26372
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    Louis Armstrong said, “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” The same with art. No need for defining it. Definitions don’t matter. Art can be anything you want it to be.

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    Name : Kim26372, Gender : F, Age : 21, City : Lawton, State : OK Country : United States, 
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    James
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    I originally went to school for Fine Arts in New York, where we would all sit around in groups and discuss the definition of art and its value. First, art is communication in expressive forms. If something communicates to you through one of your five senses, it is art. Even when you don’t like it. Now, whether the art created has any validity is another issue. That is what you go to school to study. Anyone can grab a brush and start to paint a canvas. But it is the talents of a person that make the canvas become art. When you see a trash bag full of newspapers, you see a trash bag in the corner. To someone else, the trash bag can have sculptural qualities, or the newspapers crumpled in the bag can have symbolic meaning. Consider the time period which the artistic item occupies, and then focus on the art in relation to its history. Art has constantly been created as a reaction to the life and time of that historical period. If you want to validate the trash bag as art, you can do it using these means. Or you can just call the trash bag a trash bag.

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    Name : James, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Gay, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Buddhist, Age : 24, City : Denver, State : CO Country : United States, Occupation : Web Developer, Education level : Over 4 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    Jason31282
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    “Art is whatever the artist can get away with” – Carlos Castaneda

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    Name : Jason31282, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Pagan, Age : 29, City : Boulder, State : CO Country : United States, Occupation : Graphic designer, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Lower middle class, 
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    Alex29065
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    Art is tangible means for intangible ends.

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    Name : Alex29065, Gender : M, City : Elkins Park, State : PA Country : United States, 
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    Ian-Daimon
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    Simply put, true art gives or provides pleasure to people and stands the test of time–that is, it survives over at least a generation, and is still admired for its beauty and style, etc.. Much so-called art today will never stand the test of time. The best theory on this is from David Hume, On The Standard of Taste from the 1700’s, an essay which sketches the criteria for good art.I recommend a careful reading.

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    Name : Ian-Daimon, City : Rivber Forest, State : IL Country : United States, 
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    Life is ART! Art imitates life. ART should be considered Uplifting, Visonary, and without description! CONSIDER THE SOURCE! Everything that can be associated to the ‘Six Senses’ could be considered ART! CONSIDER THE SOURCE! ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ Is every picture ART? Is every view ART? Is every thing ART? IS everyone ART? CONSIDER THE SOURCE! If the ART must be explained, then the viewer is subjected to a criteria that is not his own! ART is a feeling that comes from within! Has art become everything? To some ART is ART! BELIEVE WHAT YOU FEEL!

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    Name : James Blond, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Catholic, Age : 31, City : Romulus, State : MI Country : United States, Occupation : International Freight forwarder, Education level : 2 Years of College, Social class : Middle class, 
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    KF
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    You can call anything art, just as you can call anything music. The question is relevance and quality. Most of us have listened to plenty of music and have spent thousands of hours learning how to listen to and appreciate all kinds music. There is alot of music you have to learn to listen to in order to appreciate. I’m sure visual art is the same. Only we all don’t get the exposure to visual art like we do to music. So we have to trust the art critics and museums and gallery curators to present us laymen with the best and most relevant visual art. Because most of us are rubes when it comes to art we are subject to pretension from frauds and wanna-bees in the art world. Face it, the visual arts are a magnet for clueless no talent dreamers and pretentious dolts…..just like music. So yes the guy who displays a bag of garbage is an artist. Just like thousands of American Idol contestants are musicians.

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    Name : KF, Gender : M, Sexual Orientation : Straight, Race : White/Caucasian, Religion : Christian, Age : 44, City : Boise, State : ID Country : United States, Occupation : Painting Contractor, Education level : High School Diploma, Social class : Lower middle class, 
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