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Art has been a part of our life for as long as humanity has existed For thousands of years people have been creating looking at criticizing and enjoying art I would like to address three questions what is art what is its purpose and why has it survived for this long First what is art Humanity has faced this question for many centuries How can we distinguish between fine art and a beautiful poster How can we call both Malevichs Black Square and Da Vincis La Joconde art yet not include some peoples paintings into this category I believe that the only things that distinguish these works are the artist and the artists objective The connection between what the artist means to achieve and what he achieves through the medium is what I believe classifies art If what the artist meant to say is understood by at least one person in this world when we can safely call that piece art What classifies a masterpiece however is when not only one person understands what the artist was trying to say with the piece but when the majority does Many people believe that the fine arts are elitist Nevertheless art is not something that you have to study to understand and enjoy Art is something that captures the eye Whether the artist is trying to communicate an emotion an idea or something else the most important thing is how well the audience receives it However art can also be shocking something new If a creative piece by an artist can spark the discussion of whether that piece is art or not then it is art Art is something that inspires people something that transports us into different realities and moves us into the subconscious places that we did not know existed What is the purpose of art Art has some very practical purposes For example an art class might take a trip out to a local
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