ARTH101: Discussion Topic 2, Defining Art


I disagree art does more than make a person think. Art is a very significant part of life not to mention being very significant in pop culture. Keith Haring and Andy Warhol reinvented pop culture by making art a social statement. Art is expressed through films, plays and dance. Art is expressed through our actions. The definition of art is extremely broad there is no one way to define it.


how would I define art?
well art is in the eye of the beholder!
that’s how I see it everything as my music is flowing through my mouth and my pencil drawing or writing away. but in my thoughts are a combination of what I can do with all my talents as one. maybe host an show, a fashion show with my music playing in the background and having my drawing displayed as the scene changes with my clothing line. art isn’t just one thing its another very spontaneous, abstract, mind blowing. its like having an disability were all different and have different taste and soul to our artwork.
so how would I define art ? I define art as my life.



Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

Yes, in part I do; art si about the the creación of aesthetic subjective forms. But with this definition we must define what is aesthetic and to which extent something might classify inside this parameters.

The Joseph Brodsky definition of it is somewhat more open to interpretations because it doesn’t really clarify what is art. Instead it tells what art is about.

Maybe art is not a concept to define. There are hundreds of things humanity can’t yet explain completely. I think art is not about a bunch of critics in a gallery trying to defining it but something more abstract and intimately subjective. You can’t expect all the curves, lines , forms and colors of different artists’ works throughout history to fit in one and absolute definition.


the definition Art is tied to time and culture. How art was defined or seen in the Renaissance is different from the surrealist and from the minimalist and contemporary art. So through time, the definition of art is rapidly changing.

Through the discussion, nobody is wrong, but the definitions are coming from different timelines and most won’t work for contemporary art (the art of this time).

art in the contemporary is ‘what is not art’; yes!

the boundaries of art have been pushed to the point of the art we know vanishing.
so the beauty might not count, the medium has changed, the skill might not be even relevant.
And these make Marcel Duchamp’s work art, same to Chris Burden.

thank you


completely and 100% i agree with this. art is something that cannot be wrong or right. art is art. art is being understood by everyone differently, and in some cases, by the same time differently. i take anabolic steroid sources for my health condition (given by my doc) and i noticed i’m perceiving art differently depending on either i do take it or not. but there’s also a lot of things like either i slept or not, ate or not and so on and so forth.


The last paragraph of your discussion is thoughtfully stated.


More interesting than defining art is that these models of defining it are never absolute. Defining art by exclusion is not adequate because some art seeks to be as mundane and ordinary as possible in an attempt to elevate “not art” to the level of art. I’m thinking of Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” in particular, but this is even true of some conceptual art where no tangible artistic product may be apparent. And although art is a social endeavor that is influenced by time and culture, artistic expression is common and recognizable throughout humankind and humankind’s history. Any well known piece of art you can think of has that “timeless” quality no matter what the style or cultural context.


Hi Karen, I think Goyo just cut and pasted the topic for discussion from the Course page, so some of the HTML – and therefore unseen options became visible here when he pasted. Since he had not checked the checkbox by the topic, is came across here as “not completed.”


I would agree with the definition of art given in the text, particularly the part about art is simply agreed upon… In theater we were taught how a social contact is part of putting on play. I think the same relationship apples between the artist and viewer – not that the artist is bound to make art that everyone will enjoy and understand, in fact I think that would break the social contract, as the public may expect to have their assumptions and believes challenged when they make a trip to an art gallery or a museum.
John Baldessari once said, “anything is art if the artist says it is.” I would add, that “anything is art if the artist and the viewer agree it is.”


I think I agree with the course’s definitions of art. I’d like to add that, as well as culture, art can be directly tied to subculture, and furthermore transcend culture. Art is almost as abstract a concept as love, and both are well capable of invoking visceral, even primal emotions in their beholders.


I think art is reflective, it’s a way to express what we are feeling or how we see the world. As a poet I find that a lot of my writing comes from what I see or hear in the world, whether it be a painting or a piece of music or even a television show. I write these poems for myself mainly but I stick them on facebook to see what my friends think of them.


Art is something that creates greateness in a person. It could be in the artist itself and could also be in a simple audience.


Art is a way for people to express there feeling in a way other people can see. However sometimes people have there own view of every piece of art work.


Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?

Yes, I do agree with the definition of art as it’s given. But I also do believe that art is a medium or a way to communicate with the audience and to express the artist’s feeling, lifestyle, goal, culture & etc. I always believe that in every single artwork that produced, it has a message to pass along from the artist.

*p.s: sorry, my English is not the good. :sweat_smile:


Art is something that has no limits no boundaries and no control. It’s what the artist wishes on how to express themselves


I believe art is in the eye of the beholder without sounding to cliche. What one may see as art another person may not see it that way. I believe art is difficult to ascertain because art is a subjective topic with many ways of seeing the same work of art.


The definition of art is exactly as it should be. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Art is a subjective experience and the best thing about art is that it can be viewed by others and most of them walk away with different perspectives what they have seen.


Do you agree with the definition for ‘art’ as it’s explained in the reading above? Why or why not? Can you add to the definition? Is your definition coming from a subjective or objective perspective?
I agree with some parts of the quote.
I believe art is subjective, what one person may consider as art, another person may not, but even this speaks to you when you you reflect on why you may like or not like an art peiece directing you to an aspect of yourself. I agree art is expression, you are bridging the gap of your imagination, connecting to your emotions and thinking (your inner worlds) and translating this through art this is why art brings forth deep meaning that people can connect to


Art is subjective. It provokes all sorts of thoughts in viewers of it.


meb3, As you say that you agree with the definition. For me, art comes in many forms. As a for instance, i have created poetry, written a book, and am an artist. I will reply more as I get more into the class, Thank you.