Essay on The Many Forms of Art

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Throughout the cultural history of man, objects have been created to entertain, record, confront, enrich, clarify, communicate, reveal, to order and disorder, with or without a purpose. Yet the definition of what is art is obscure, we are able to recognise for ourselves but not express concisely what art is. Art has ‘a complicated network of overlapping series of similarities’ (Law, 2003) however there is not one feature that all art has in common.

The classification of Art does not fit into the classic logic argument where to be defined as art the object must have a stated characteristic, as in the manner of classifying a dog, computer, house or boat. A dog is a dog because it has some but not all of the characteristics of A, B, C,
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Without being able to speak with the animal artists it is difficult to determine what they are seeking to express, and whether their work is intended to communicate something to us or other animals, whether it is a self rewarding activity, or aesthetically motivated, (The Museum of Non-Primate Art, (MONPA), 1999).

A characteristic of art is it’s nonconformity to a definable formula. Law (2003, p100) defines art in two parts, firstly as an artifact or something that has been worked on and secondly as something that has been nominated with the status of ‘art work’ by the ‘art world’ – the artist, curator, or ’expert,’ but art may be art without being identified by the institution classified as the ‘art world.’ The art world’s opinion of what is art is dynamic and may change over time, an artist may create without believing their work to be art, for that object to later be determined to be art. The ‘qualifying conditions of what makes a work of art may change from time to time in an unsystematic way’ (Brooks, 2008, p96).

Craft is not art, craft pertains to the making of decorative or practical objects with skill by hand, craft may be artistic in creation. There exists a difference between art and a work of art, a work of art is able to be…