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What is Art? The Constant Question by KC Moore©

September 29, 2010

My definition = Art is beauty; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Webster offers “fine art – those that appeal to the taste or sense of beauty”.  Artistic expression will form words, sounds, shapes in its many manifestations of poetry, dance sculpture, paint, etc.  Beauty then is, I believe what resonates with us as individuals.   Sometimes we are ‘guided’ by experts and form opinions based on the words of the authority figure.  I prefer to make my own choices.

I am attracted to color but if you take the color test at the link provided, we”ll see that even a scientific approach will provide variability in what we perceive.

[Test your Color IQ at]

A lot of art is simply ‘acting out’ and I am as guilty as anyone.  Some art is expression of the emotions in this life, releasing the inner angst, joy, and pain, that I call therapy.  Would another person call it art?   “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas  True that! Art should open your eyes and provide new thoughts.  The skillful artist will accomplish this; they will cause conversation and expansion.  We still discuss the provocation of Dali, the illumination of the impressionists, the passion of Van Gogh.

However, I conclude that like or not, it’s a reflection of the viewer.


From → Art News, Commentary

  1. I scored a four on the color IQ test. What did you get?

  2. That is one of the best reported, congratulations! Sad to say I think I was in the 30s (took it a while ago), perhaps that is why my use of color is so extreme. The scale, however goes up to well over a thousand.

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