What is Art or Is that Art?

This week’s blog question deals with a perception issue that, quite frankly, has never been able to develop or arrive at a definitive answer.  Nevertheless, the question continues to be intriguing and surprisingly pertinent in today’s culture wars climate.   Select a work of art that we have discussed in class or, if you have traveled and spent time in Art museums/galleries, recall a work of art that you have seen and describe your estimation of that piece as to whether it is or is not ART.  Use the following statement by American painter Robert Motherwell as a possible “point of entry” into your assessment:  “The history of modern art…is the history of modern freedom.”


Norman Rockwell, The Connoisseur, 1962


Hello and Welcome to Art 160: Art Appreciation!

Congratulations!  You have successfully traversed cyber space and arrived at the correct destination…the class blog for the Fall 2012 semester offering of Art 160!  This class blog will offer each student enrolled in Art 160 an opportunity to express his/her opinions on a number of important issues raised in class lectures, reading/writing assignments, etc. within the creative arena we call Art.  I hope you enjoy the blogging experience for this class on Art appreciation and, by the end of the Fall 2012 semester, you will look back on this particular component of the course with fond memories and recollections!

First round of discussion for the class blog goes to the following question:

“What do you want your artist’s to be?”  What role or function do artists play in your world?  Your thoughts?

Pont des Arts and Institute de France, Paris