The meaning of art, as we know it

August 09, 2017

The meaning of art as we know it


Since the beginning of time, artists, writers, and thinkers alike have pondered like forever trying to define "art", in the same way that they've wrapped their heads around trying to find the meaning of love, ehem, under the waning moon. From the worn and torn "What is art?" to the "What makes good art?" and to the most macabre "But is it art?"

So, I gathered a few of the most interesting assertions from some of the household names in human history. Who do you think had the most convincing answer? Do you agree with them? Do you know of other thought-provoking quotes about art or creativity? Let me know!


"Art is either plagiarism or revolution." 
― Marcel Duchamp

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"Art is what you can get away with." 
― Andy Warhol

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"Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television." 
― Woody Allen

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"Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather, and exposing them to the critic."
― Ambrose Bierce

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"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious." 
― Oscar Wilde

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"But let's speak of art for a moment. Yes, art. I know a gentleman who makes excellent portraits. This gentleman is a camera."
― Tristan Tzara

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"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." 
― Pablo Picasso

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"Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted." 
― Emily Dickinson

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"Why can't a tree be called Pluplusch?" 
― Hugo Ball



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