What is Art?

My definition: Art is something that conveys meaning or emotion.

However after our class discussion and learning about some different theories I now believe that art cannot be defined.

Warehouse theory: the feeling of what is, and what isn’t art. It is subjective which means there is no agreement.

Institution theory: anyone who is part of an Art institution can declare what is and what isn’t art.

If someone classed a piece of work as ‘art’ you cannot disagree.T07573_9.jpg

An example of these theories is a piece of work by Michael Duchamp (1917, replica 1964). There was a large debate in our class about whether or not this urinal toilet, which had been turned on its side was actually art or not. Because it had been said to be art, the institution theory meant we can’t argue against it.


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