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Can We Debate Art When I first began thinking about this topic it seemed as if it was a fairly simple subject Of course we could debate art Critics and the average citizens have done it for years debating over which pieces are their favorites As I began to think about the subject and received feedback from the class this topic became infinitely more complicated with questions like what is art could we see that one persons art is better than anothers and why is it and justified that people such as Van Gogh and Picasso have become famous Looking back at what my initial feelings were and how they have developed over the weeks I noticed that my ideas and principles were not changed drastically by the in-class discussions but were refined and given more ammunition that took my thinking from a highly generalized level to one where I could express my feelings better and possibly inspire others thinking as well Can we debate art Although it is perhaps an unanswerable question there are a few points I feel should be discussed One of the issues that I thought about was a problem in the basic definition of art What could be defined as art Does it have to be pleasing to the eye or something that does not offend or ridicule One example was a piece done where a person had placed a crucifix upside-downwas this art I decided that it was based on my belief that anything although it may seem offensive or even repulsive should be considered as art as long as one person maybe only the artist himself was somehow affected by it Reading that sentence over I suddenly realized how difficult it is to discuss this issue It seems as if we are to debate art we need a list of requirements that need to be fulfilled It seems the more we
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