Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Art, It's So Bloody Big
It isn't often that I am going to be correcting of the Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy (with tenure) University of Houston, but Freeland has strayed into my area of specialist knowledge. Yorkshiresoul, Chair of Heavy Metal Studies, University of Rock.
Anyway, before I got distrcted into a discourse on Mazza, I was being dazzled by the sheer size of Art. I know a little bit about art, and I know what I like being a big fan of digital sci-fi art and anything gothic, but I had not considered the trye breadth of areas that are included in Art before. Pictorial art, film and sculpture, music and costume I understood would be part of the subject, but gardening, flower arranging, bonsai and the tea ceremony are also art, as are swords and armour, a crucifix floating in a glass of urine (Andres Serrano) and a mad Austrian bloke doing things to cows with a chainsaw ( Hermann Nitsch).
What is art then ? After skimming through a paper by Arthur Danto I think the answer might be, art is anything that the artist proclaims to be art and is understood by people viewing the piece to be art.