What Makes Art Good or Bad?

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A straightforward question, what is good art? A complicated answer, but that is good art. How does a certain piece of artwork become recognized as "good?" What are some of the traits that make art good? What simply makes art good, and what makes art bad, in general? Does having a recognizable art or design "style" limit one's creativity? Is an exact reproduction as good as the original? It used to be that anything called “Art” had certain meaning attached to it. Art was assumed to be beautiful, intricate, and expensive, crafted with care by a master. Sometimes it told a story, or marked a special day or event. Art was universally revered, instantly recognized, and generally approached with awe, while today it is looked at much differently. Now that's good art, I remember saying to myself, under my breath, as I viewed one particular photo from the dozens of prints, paintings, photos and other pieces of art in an exhibit I once viewed. I looked at so many pieces of art that day, and saw so little. It made me begin to question my capabilities as a random viewer. Did I even know what made me happy or what even qualified as good art? Good art. What is good art? Of course, art itself is something different to everyone. What one person so boldly refers to as art of any kind can be simple rubbish in another’s mind? There are so many things, concepts, ideas and thoughts that are referred to as art that I simply could not fathom having in my home. Things I would consider as bad art would scare me, perhaps sicken me and at the least, and not even please me. Yet, to someone that piece is cherished and loved. So to speak of good art versus bad art, we must speak of that art of being universal in its appeal. Good art must be something that most everybody can enjoy and respect. Few would be the pessimists when asked if the Starry Night by Van Gogh was a pleasing oil painting. It is universal, it appeals to all. The Last Supper, were we to remove any religious overtones, would...
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