What makes art art?

As a creative person, I’m fortunate enough to meet and correspond with many other ‘creatives’ and that brings up many interesting theoretical discussions. Leading on from a recent discussion with my theoretical sparring partner D.M.Kruger (a superbly talented musician and producer), what makes art art?

I summarise it as the skill being made manifest as a creative object, be it painting, magical performance, writing, sculpting or otherwise, but having two key components brought to the process; namely poetry and love.

If either is missing then the result becomes a shallow representation of skill.

But a painting expressing the poetry (or we could say grace) and love of the artist, makes it a work of art.

What do you think?

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