So let’s play devil’s advocate here.
- Anything is “art” purely if the “artist” says that it is. No other criteria apply. This is irrefutable and cannot be challenged.
- The physical manifestation of a work of “art”, what the viewer sees, is utterly irrelevant. All that matters is the idea inside the “artist’s” head.
- If a viewer does not understand a work of “art” then the fault lies 100% with the viewer. It is wholly an exemplification of their lack of intelligence, education and understanding.
- What the greater public understand as artistic crafts and skills are merely a conceit, they are nothing to do with “art”.
- The great masters; Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velazquez, Hals, Goya etc were not really “artists”. They were merely illusionists who sought to trick the viewer.