Question: 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 to the dictionary definition of art, but only to an extent. I believe, like many others, that art is just way more to what it is. While many take only take a work, such as a painting, at face value, the aesthetic value it provides seeps deeper, and shows many different emotions, ideas and values. It gives the piece a true meaning, and shows itself more and more as a viewer unravels it.
Take for example, the painting Self Portrait at 26 by Albrecht Durer.
It depicts the young artist at 26 years old, at the height of his career, when he became immensely popular. His expression is cocky and smug, proud of his artistic abilities. However, out the arched window is a dark sky, showing that when he leaves and goes out, he must accept his responsibilities.
So yes, I find my definition very subjective.