What's art?

Essay by againstalw! August 2008

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According to someone's assertions, art must be understandable to the general pubic in order for it to have merit. I think those who suppose this problem must have misunderstood the final objectives of art, which has little to do with cognitive understanding. In my opinion, art is defined as the new world that the artists found about the inner emotions of human.

Primarily, we shall figure out what exactly art is. Art has been defined as the conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium. Art comes from our apparently innate desire to express ourselves and explore the natural and social world. In the search for the interior of themselves and the natural world, the excellent artists may encounter a completely new world, which may be called the art world. By virtue of this kind of artistic endeavors, the artists finally have access to the inner psychological world of human, meantime, continuously emulated the natural world. The masterpieces of the artists serve as the interpreters of the art world and are devoted to demonstrating the artists' search and judgment.

Let's turn next to how art attempts to enlighten the viewers. As has been discussed above, artists take advantage of the art works to communicate with the viewers about their products of the searching of another completely new world. When we face an extraordinary masterpiece of the brilliant artists, what we take from it is neither what the already-hold knowledge tends to tell us about it, nor what it should be according to the predominating art theory. It is the artists who force the viewers to reflect upon the value of the life...