Beginnings always start with definitions so as to supply a baseline for investigation. It seems a logical, and objective, first step in any inquiry. And here is where it gets interesting – art is not easily defined in a few words or paragraphs. There are literally volumes of books and notable libraries that seek to give substance to this three-letter word. Dictionaries, nevertheless, provide an excellent overview that can be used as a guide for further research.
Dictionary.reference.com defines art as ” the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” Britannica Online defines art as “A visual object or experience consciously created through an expression of skill or imagination. The term art encompasses diverse media such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, decorative arts, photography, and installation.“
These were the primary definitions. But there were concepts that sparked my curiosity: advertising art, industrial art, performing arts, art of philosophy, literature, music and theatre. And the most all-encompassing definition associated art to skill in conducting any human activity such as, mastering the art of conversation or baking the perfect cake.
The bottom line – there are infinite possibilities for ongoing dialogue. It’s a good place to set off on the journey.
Blue Bench – Grand Cayman