Thread: Is this art?
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:05 PM
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Re: Is this art?

Originally Posted by MSC
Clearly, it is a craft and one that floats even
This has been bugging me for a couple of days now. There seems to be a tendency in the fine art world to call anything that doesn’t meet one's esthetic values "craft" rather than art. When I think of craft, I think of objects whose primary esthetic value comes from how (and how well) they are made as opposed to fine art whose primary value is in why they were made. If, when you look at this object you are thinking about how clever his origami technique is then it's craft. I'd argue that most people will look at it in terms of a kind of whimsical nostalgia which is why the artist made it. I won't say this is great art but it clearly is art by my definition.
Robert Carter
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