tonight, i am writing a paper for my philosophy class. the topic really excites me, and i love talking/thinking about these concepts (had a great lunch with mike (check out his blog!) in order to collect our thoughts), but man is it hard. the more i think about it, the more art cannot be defined. we have to take the three philosophical theories of art and explain which is most accurate. my argument is that none of them are accurate on their own, they must have each other to fully define art. but, there is still this unknown factor, the fact that each individual recognizes art differently, no matter how much or how little they know. there is still that gut reaction.
i'm using picasso's "la guernica" as an example in one of my paragraphs. i love this painting, it reaches out on a soul level. i would love to see it in person, but sadly for me, it is in spain. i do hope to go there someday anyway!
pbs has a good description of the background of the painting and its history here. definitely worth reading.