Syed Najaf Raza
What is art? Many people argue over the answer to this question. There are several different interpretations as to what is considered to be a work of art. There are also many different types of artwork. Some believe that anything and everything in the world is art, while others believe that it requires talent, creativity and a preconceived vision to produce true art. I believe that no specific, definite or precise definition of art exists.
Humanity has faced this question for many centuries. How can we distinguish between fine art and a beautiful poster? How can we call both Malevich’s “Black Square” and Da Vinci’s “La Joconde” art, yet not include some people’s paintings into this category? “Art doesn’t have to be beautiful because everyone’s idea of beautiful is different, not all ideas are beautifully pleasing to the eye, and not all art is meant to be pretty. Beauty means something different to everyone, and cannot be defined, therefore art cannot be defined.
I believe that the only things that distinguish these works are the artist and the artist’s objective. The connection between what the artist means to achieve and what he achieves through the medium is what I believe classifies art. If what the artist meant to say is understood by at least one person in this world, then we can safely call that piece art. What classifies a masterpiece, however, is when not only one person understands what the artist was trying to say with the piece but when the majority does. Anyone that can visualize an idea and pursue it to create a work can be considered an artist. A singer, a writer and a mathematician each can all be considered as an artist. Not everyone can be a great artist but a great artist can come from anywhere.