Thoughts on “Art”

Andy and I have been having a discussion about the definition of “Art”.  One of my favorite things about Andy is that he’s thoughtful and articulate about expressing his opinions on things.

We agreed that “Frank” was art — the skill, creativity and vision to create a huge portrait is art…

Frank

Title:Frank
Artist:Chuck Close
Date:1969
Medium:Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:108 x 84 x 3 in. (274.3 x 213.4 x 7.6 cm)
Creation Place:North America, United States
Credit Line:The John R. Van Derlip Fund
Image Copyright:© Chuck Close, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York
Accession Number:69.137
Location:G373
I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art
Title:I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art
Artist:John Baldessari
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada
Date:1971
Medium:Lithograph
Dimensions:22 1/2 x 30 1/8 in. (57.15 x 76.52 cm) (image, sheet)
Creation Place:North America, United States
Credit Line:The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund
Image Copyright:©John Baldessari
Accession Number:P.72.2
Location:Not on view
On the other hand, I suspect that Andy would call this “not art” —  I tend to agree, although I think that the intention and vision part of art is more important than the skill needed to execute the work.
Jared's Rap Judith Visker
Jared’s Rap 

Gallery Location:
Column 109

I think this is art, and I think it probably belongs in the category of “art I don’t necessarily care for, but it’s still art: — and I  I like  this better:
Which needs to be credited to a 7 year old at a birthday party…

I also think the above is probably better art than this:

Untitled
Title:Untitled
Artist:George Morrison
Date:1959
Medium:Tempera
Dimensions:17 x 22 3/8 in. (43.18 x 56.83 cm) (image, sheet)
Creation Place:North America, United States
Credit Line:Anonymous gift of funds and gift of funds from the Print and Drawing Counci…
Accession Number:95.59
Location:Not on view
Our conversation also included a tangent about food being art, which will have to wait for another day.  I will say that having been to Vietnamese New Year today, I am pretty firm in my opinion that food can be art.
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