It is debatable , whether art is “ whatever the spectator thinks it is; there are no rules, no criteria, no universal boundaries delineating what is and what is not art, who is and who is not an artist”. Getlein, the author of Living with Art; states that artist create masterpieces to fulfill six roles. This roles differentiate an artist from a normal, everyday person. A good example of art made to serve a human purpose is the Vietnam Veteran Memorial. Maya Lin created this memorial to commemorate and remember the heroes that vanished during the Vietnam war. Whit such an art piece, Maya Lin accomplished several of the roles that artist fulfill. She was able to portrait the feelings and emotions of the millions of people that visit the memorial, and recorded the history that our ancestors lived in that area. In conclusion, art has to fallow rules that make the everyday live an extraordinary exploration of creativity and emotion. An artist has to have a grand imagination and a special sense of passion to transfer those thoughts and feelings into visual art. Getlein, Mark, and Rita Gilbert. Living with Art. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
Defining what is and what is Not art is puzzling. I picked this discussion question because if you think about it hard enough, it seems like almost everything can be considered art. Art is a puzzle versus design. Design is a clear vision of what the object is to reflect. A hair style is a design but it will not reflect a second meaning or be relevant to the person that gives you the haircut. Art may need to be looked at numerous times , and every time you may discover something new and more meaningful. A masterpiece can have a message that may need to be unfolded.
Audrey Flack created Wheel of Fortune, a modernized version of Vanitas created by Juan de Valdés Leal in 1660. Wheel of fortune has the image of a skull that resembles death. A calendar, an hourglass, and a candle speaking...
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