The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

You’ve got to hand it to Hirst. He does come up with some really catchy titles for his… thingies. Britain’s richest living artist…

Whether we like it or not, we live in a post-modern world. But the question is, “What’s art?”

What is the definition of art? And who can define it? Does art have something to do with the means we use to express our beliefs? Is art about how or why? Or what?

Is it enough for the artist to call a dead shark “art” for it to be art?



15 comments on “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

  1. Hirst does indeed comes up with catchy titles. I just saw his Lapdancer which is surgical equipment in a glass cabinet. Seems like art is in the eye of the beholder.

  2. swo8 says:

    Art is certainly in the eye of the beholder, but I also see it as a reflection of the times we live in.

  3. arcade1775 says:

    yeah, dat’s all it takes. meh

  4. “All art is quite useless. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.”

  5. reretro says:

    we are now in a post-post-modernist world. or popomo. it’s first in- first calling it ‘art’. and hirst gets in first.

  6. ‘Art’, as best as I can figure, is the appreciated expression of somethings nature.

  7. tlcmd3 says:

    I really like the question you pose about art. It allows me to think about art in a different way.

  8. thatjimlad says:

    I feel that art is the creative manifestation of perception and so Hirst can create art by making something, or anything, that he can represent his views through. However I also believe that art can also be something that we can find meaning in, such as in Anish Kapoor’s work, where he leaves a lot of meaning undiscovered so that the meaning creates itself with the observer.

  9. Personally, while art can be an arrangement of things, I still think there should be something more than a dead animal. I could throw a dead squirrel on a broken limb and call it art? I don’t think so.

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