Everything is Art

The surest way to destroy a concept is to expand it to mean everything. Over the last century, art has been the victim of such a practice. The new belief is that anything intended to be "art" is art. Is this circular? Of course it is. It is also the only possible definition left, since toilets, blank canvasses, fire engine sirens, and people urinating on stage have been accepted as art.

The attempt to use the term 'art' to describe these creations is an attempt to steal the value of art. The new artists don't produce anything of value, but they call it art in the hopes that people will accept it as such. Since real art is important to people, the new "artists" hope to trick people into giving their own garbage the same respect. They try to steal the respect for art by confusing their own work with it. This has the effect of destroying respect for art.

Art is not everything, or anything an "artist" says is "art". Art has an objective meaning, and fulfills an objective need for people. The meaning has been obfuscated by those trying to cash in on the honor and value that goes with art. By ignoring the objective meaning of art, people lose the ability to fulfill an important part of their life. The destruction of art as a concept impairs one's life.
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Innovation in Art

Some of the most respected artists in history were innovators. By developing new techniques and new styles, they were able to enhance art by making expression easier, clearer, and more recognizable. They improved the way art was created, and made lasting names for themselves.

The new "artists" of the last century have been unable to distinguish themselves through talent, since they lacked it. Instead, they attempted to gain respect through innovation. By being the first "artist" to try something, they gained fame in a false comparison to the historical artists. By claiming to be pushing "art" to a new and bolder future, they pretended to progress.

Soon everyone tried to be the newest innovator. The standard of good in art changed from an objective fulfillment of man's needs, to whatever was new and different. This hurried the destruction of art by claiming more and more things as art. Eventually, art included everything. Nothing was off limits, in an attempt to always find something new.

Naturally, the more disgusting and vile ideas became the latest innovation. Making painting out of animals feces is one example. Even this became "routine" after a short while, and each artist pushed the levels of decency to find something truly twisted in the hopes of being the first to try such an innovation.

Today, good "art" is that which is the most innovative. The innovation necessarily take "art" farther and farther from its original purpose, since real art is the least "innovative". The new "artists" will continue to pursue the most bizarre lines of creation in order to distinguish themselves. Since art fulfills a need of man, people are left without knowledge of it, and must pay accordingly.

Copyright © 2001 by Jeff Landauer and Joseph Rowlands

"Abstract art: A product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered"
    Al Capp

"The Holy Grail is to spend less time making a picture than it takes people to look at it"

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