What Is ART? Part 1

by Craig Babson-Smith

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Posted on: October 20th, 2010

I had to take my son to get his foot examined at the doctor’s office the other day. While we were waiting for his doctor to see him, he pointed out some old tin advertising reproductions on the wall for Campbell’s soup and Hershey’s kisses. He said, “Hey dad, I like those, would you consider that art?” I thought about it for a second and realized that I get asked a similar question, virtually every day, due to my involvement in the arts. This conversation stimulated me to research “What is Art” online.

I found all sorts of answers from a diverse range of sources. The online source for Encyclopedia Britannica defines art as “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others.” I thought that this was a pretty good answer because it covered a lot of territory and art needs a big canvas to present itself. A lot of responses came back focusing on the various periods and movements in art history. Many famous people were quoted with reference to their version of what art is. I read through at least 50 articles, because I think that this is a fascinating subject, and was captivated with the history and the widely diverse responses covered.

My thoughts about art are a lot less complicated, and revolve around the fervor that art stimulates within me. I have an uncompromising passion for the fine arts and the utmost respect for the creative geniuses that produce these fabulous works of art. I started CBS Art Collections because of the very fire it stokes inside me. I believe that it belongs at our doctor’s offices, in our hotels, in our restaurants, in our spas, in our workplaces and most importantly in our homes. Art has no correct shape, color or subject matter. I like that. What’s important to me is that it stirs emotions and spawns creativity. We are proud to showcase some truly amazing art by the top art students coming from the most prestigious art schools in the country.

Enjoy the ride.

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