The Subjectivity of Art

Art is a finicky thing. The concept of art is entirely subjective, meaning it is open to numerous interpretations, and it is furthermore subjective in regards to what exactly constitutes as art.

I feel as though if you were to ask any individual from an older generation what their thoughts on modern art are, they would be disgruntled and argue that modern art is not in fact art. However, if you were to ask any individual from a younger generation what their thoughts on modern are are, they would be pleased to share their admiration of modern art with you. Obviously I am making a vast generalization by stating that all persons from older generations share a common understanding of modern art and all persons from younger generations share a common understanding of modern art, however I think my perspective on differing comprehensions of art is valid.

How exactly do we define art? It is easy to say that anything requiring artistic skill or talent may be classified as art, however that allows for a tremendously large category of what art is. Common recognitions of art include sculptures and paintings, however if an artist was to simply smear paint all over a canvas with their fingers and categorize it as art, is is really art? I do not feel as though it is, however other individuals may.

In my opinion, I feel as though anything can be art permitting individuals possess the ability to see something as art. What I may interpret as a finger painting may appear to someone else as a masterpiece, hence why I stated earlier that art is completely objective. I do find it sad, however, to see the popularity of modern art rising and seemingly taking over remnants of historical art. Medieval and religious paintings are some of the most beautiful pieces of art I have seen to date, and to be honest, I do not feel as though a sculpture composed of twisted wire can compare to these dated masterpieces.

Though I may never truly understand how one can define art, I think it is fair to assume that anything can be art so long as one person sees it so.

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