We’ve all asked that question before, haven’t we? My husband asks it often, fortunately not about anything I’ve painted — which probably deserves that question now and then — but about those puzzling works of art that seem to be little more than… well, let’s look at a few things that people have sometimes questioned.
First, I’ll be honest here. I’m not a fan of Mark Rothko, but, maybe you are. Is this art?
I do love Jackson Pollack’s paintings, but my husband just shakes his head in bewilderment. So, what do you think? Is this art?
And then, there’s Andy Warhol and his soup cans — among other things. It’s at least something we can identify, but is it art?
The question about what is or isn’t art is one that will never be answered. We can go on and on about our likes and dislikes, we can share our thoughts and our opinions, and we can even delve into philosophy in search of answers. Still, we’ll never come up with any good answer.
Maybe we’re asking the wrong question. Maybe instead of wondering if something is art or not, maybe we should just accept that it is and ask an even more important question.
Why is it art?
This is the title of a fun little video I came across while browsing around one recent afternoon. It’s short — only a few minutes — but it helped me understand art in a new way. While I’ll never love Mark Rothko’s works, I can at least look at it from a different perspective now. I can more fully appreciate what art means and how art becomes a form of personal expression.
After seeing this video, I know I won’t be quite so quick to shake my head and walk away from paintings I don’t think of as art. I’ll be willing to take a little time to learn about the artist, about the time, about the story behind what I’m seeing.