What is art?


A big question, like what is god. The question requires of lifetime of thought, conversation and paying attention to how art is thought of. My questioning of art over my short(ish) - (47 years) life has revealed some noteworthy ( I think) conclusions, or at least ideas I haven't dismissed, yet. Art inspires. Art functions. Art is done well, and masterly art making borders on great art. Art provokes, questions, pushes the envelope. Joseph Beuys said "Everyone is an artist and society is a sculpture". This was a revoltionary idea and he said it 30 years ago. Being an artist is empowering, because an artist has "artistic liscense" meaning anything and everything we do is art. Chew on that...