But my original question was: "what is art or a definition of what is or constitutes art"
i'm very late to this, and haven't read all the posts, but saw this, so i will chime in:
there is no ONE definition of "art" or "Art".
art is basically a western european term, that has been in our lexicon for about 500 yrs or so (think Renaissance).
sure you can look up in the dictionary or wiki or encyclopedia for a definition, but the way w/ modern art (anytime from late 1790s to 1850s for start-lots of debate)
is that whatever definition is made for art, a new group of artists goes against this and challenges conventions (this can be applied to anything from impressionists
through dadaists to conceptual art, etc)...
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