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There's a lot of deviations on the front page that I check out just so I can read the comments.
A lot of users seem to think they can define what is art and what isn't, and this never fails to infuriate me.

Have these people ever been to any art galleries? A lot of popular modern art looks like it's been drawn by 5 year olds in 5 minutes, while classical art all looks exactly the same. Maybe they should go visit some museums and start shouting "not art, herp derp" until they get thrown out.

If stuff you don't like makes the front page, it means there's an audience for that sort of stuff, in which case you should be blaming DeviantArt's user base rather than insulting the artists. Funnily enough, unoriginal Pokemon and Pony crap doesn't get as much hate as a lot of nude stuff. I wonder why. (*coughpersonalinsecuritiescough*)

Wikipedia's definition of art is: "Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging items (often with symbolic significance) in a way that influences and affects one or more of the senses, emotions, and intellect. "

By that definition crap art is possibly the best art of all, because it makes people really mad!

But this meaning is too vague for my liking, and it's horribly subjective, since everyone can feel differently about a given work of art.
Keeping in mind that a lot of people believe in a God of some kind, pretty much /everything/ could be considered art since it was deliberately created by Her.

On the other hand, DeviantArt's definition of art is: "Everything that's on this site and doesn't break the rules."
I like this one since it's simple.

Anyway, as far as I'm concerned, I don't think anyone on here has any right to complain about what is art and what isn't.
Anyone who does is just looking for an excuse to be an asshole.


tl;dr: Stop being jelly that you're not on front page.
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Unknown0rigin Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
I believe this topic can be dated back to stone age people sitting in front of there cave art and with what ever form of communication says "you call that art!?"

Point being if you don't think is art but someone else, does that make you or them wrong?
No!

Art like many things is subjective and surely enough there is some one out there that shares that opinion.
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SirTapTap Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
This post isn't art! RAAAAAAAAAAAGE.

I hate crap that tries to define "artistic merit", it's especially maddening that some censorship laws in the US are based on such a useless, subjective thing, but that's another issue.
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DelinquentDeego Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Wait... people actually complain about this? If I see something I don't like, I just don't bother with it. Then again, I have better things to do with my time like school, or sleep.
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Roxaslvl8001 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
ah..........okay......well all i can say that and even history proves....is that art can even be a toilet seat....so yeah Kupo-sama i feel your rage to these kinds of comments...so far on these three months i'm here i got some favs and stuff but i don't really know if my art is good....i mean some people think but i still think a have a long road to go and you have all the right to feel angry about those comments....also you have made awesome games for kong but that's not the point.......i have a crappy art and i say...everything is art no matter how you chart it! if you doubt take a look yourself but my statement is set!
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Solorum Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Art is art, simple as that
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UmDeus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Art is everything which was modified by the human.
However there is good art and rubbish art.
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FarkleFruggle123 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Writer
Simply enough, art... is everything.
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Bardic-Otaku Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Keeping in mind that a lot of people believe in a God of some kind, pretty much /everything/ could be considered art since it was deliberately created by Her." ... I think I love you a million times more now.
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vaelvictus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
"By that definition crap art is possibly the best art of all, because it makes people really mad!" I lol'd.

I like DA's stance on it too. "Everything that's on this site and doesn't break the rules." I can only judge what I feel is art, to me, to myself. Some girls take nude pics with their camera and call it art, while others understand the usage of light/angles whatever, and produce 5-star nude content. But I would never pretend I was an authority on the matter.
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Masked-Imposter Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Anything a rich man throws money at and calls art is art.
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