What Is Good Art?
Current mood:artisticOver the years, I've addressed the question What Is Art?
I've received many responses (thank you), and just as many opinions on the subject. After I began reading the responses, I realized that some of the responders failed to see the difference between "Art" and "Good Art." Just because you don't like it or appreciate it, doesn't mean that it isn't Art.
I stick by my original definition:
Art is that which is created, and is perceived to be as such by humans.
The point of this blog is to inquire about what you feel is "good art," and why. The term "good" is highly subjective, which is why I am asking what you prefer. You and I may not agree on what constitutes good art.
Some enjoy Pollock, believing that his collage of splatter exhibits freedom from rigid tradition and form.
Others like the raw emotion of outsider art, unfiltered by classical training and tradition.
This art rebels against the limits of coloring within the lines, or even coloring within the canvas. The negative canvas space contrasting with the dark coloration of the wall speaks volumes. Surely this is good art!
There are those who wonder why we even need walls for art, and prefer three dimensions to convey the artistic message.
|Head On, 2006, Cai Guoquiang.|
Many firmly believe that truly good art should never be limited to the confines of buildings, and needs to be experienced rather than simply viewed.
The Gates (2005), Central Park, NYC
But why stop there? Exceptionally good art must be big, and not restricted to land. Right?
Surrounded Islands, (1981), Miami, FL
While all of the above is Art, I don't find any of it to be particularly good.
At the end of the day, this is still what I consider to be good art:
|Scene from Thanatopsis, 1850, Asher B. Durand|