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22Feb/090

What is not art?

In a discussion the other day with a friend the topic of "What is art?" came up.  I can't define what art is, but I have some definite opinions on what art isn't.

My basic rule of thumb is, if something was produced with no or low skill, with no or low intelligence, with high unguided randomness, and in little or no time, it's not "art".  (My alternate version of that rule is, if a monkey could produce a similar work in less than 24 hours of trying, it's not art.)  It may be pretty, it may be worth seeing, it may be worth buying, but it's not art in the same way that a sunset is not art, that a pretty rock is not art, that a cute dog is not art.

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