It seems to me that art has two fundamental components:

– A level of technical skill required to create the artifact or artistic experience
– Communication or evocation of some aspect of the human experience, for the observer.

The superstructure of analysis and self reference built by the community of academic artists is useful mostly in the fact that we are able to better understand the creation and experience of art, and to better understand ourselves as a result. In answer to the perennial question: No, it’s not art just because you say it’s art.

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