Back to Basics

What is Art? 

As contemporary art quilts are “art” it’s good to think about what art is when trying to define them. Of course defining art is difficult but the definition I prefer I read on Alyson Stanfield’s Art Biz Blog

“What is art? . . . art is the deliberate creation of aesthetic sensations. Art is a work of a human being, not of nature. It is not accidental. It produces something that is perceived through the senses and results in a personal emotional experience. . . .

“. . . it is the conscious, deliberate production of an event or object of beauty (or emotional import) by a human being, employing not only the skill of the craftsman, but in addition, an element of creativity–original, inventive, instinctive, genius. An art object is an aesthetic artifact, deliberately created.
Art actually lies in the act of creation, not in its result.”

–G. Ellis Burcaw, Introduction to Museum Work, page 66

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