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Re: face painting!!!!

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Deborah Gilbert (
Mon, 11 Aug 1997 15:42:45 -0600 (MDT)

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>> >What's going to make it "art"?
>> Same thing that makes the tattoo "art"...
>> Deborah
>And what it that "thing" that quality? How is it "the same", how might it
>be different?
>"what is art?", to which these questions are related, may or may not be a
>truly valid question. And, if valid, the answers may be virtually
>infinite. Maybe it should be asked how we are lead to the recognition of
>the "thing"? That, and how do we come to know its the same?

For a frame of reference, let's stick with the body adornment of tribal

Your comments make it sound almost as if it is the quality which makes a
thing a work of art. But looking behind the production itself, what is the
intent of the art? Why do we study art history and consider tattooing of
say, the aboriginal people as being art? Isn't art a product of and
reaction to one's culture? Isn't art a way of seeing life through someone
elses eyes?

Yes, the answers to the question "what is art?" are infinite. But that
still leaves the question of what it is that makes a work... art.


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