My life as an expat American artist living in Andalusia on the Costa del Sol, Spain, in Canillas de Albaida, a tiny mountain village and artists' colony, prods me to share vistas of life and art in south Spain as I search for the next Picasso or Goya, showcasing independent Spanish and international painters, illustrators and sculptors, galleries and exhibitions.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Should superior, other world intellects view human painting as art?
On 22 May, I asked whether you think paintings by elephants, dolphins and chimps should be considered art.
A rich LinkedIn discussion ignited. Here are only two responses:
"Interesting question. Here´s another. Should superior, other world, intellects view human painting as art?
"What ever we´d answer here would be an indication of our response to this inquiry.
"Art, as painting, is as instinctual, as it is inspired, as it is visual, as it is relevant to its audience.
"So, to answer YES, that animal painting is art, is relevant, would and does imply the viewer finds some connection, and is moved by its content.
"To answer NO, animal painting is not art, would imply and does imply that art is only relevant to the higher intellect saying so, as though their intellect were the only relevant point of reference as to what art is or is not.
"For myself, I am answering, YES, animal painting is art."