Defining Art

Seth Godin posted a definition of art on his blog this morning.  I thought it was worth re-posting, especially in light of the powerful performances and lectures I attended over the weekend (full reviews coming soon).

My definition of art contains three elements:

  1. Art is made by a human being.
  2. Art is created to have an impact, to change someone else.
  3. Art is a gift. You can sell the souvenir, the canvas, the recording… but the idea itself is free, and the generosity is a critical part of making art.

By my definition, most art has nothing to do with oil paint or marble. Art is what we’re doing when we do our best work. 

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