Anna’s response to Paz

By reiterating that art is not an idea, but a tangible form of an idea, Paz is affirming that Art is communal in nature, and is critical of concept-driven art. In order to be perceived, the form must have a maker and a viewer. An artist who thinks, but does not make their thoughts into a communicative device (music, sculpture, dance) does not make art. But is any concept in tangible form Art? Is a house Art because it is a tangible form of personal shelter? Is a love song Art, because it explains the emotions of love and loss?
While I appreciate Paz’ descriptions of art, design and craft, I also find the categories too narrow; he does not allow for grey area between disciplines or a broader definition of craft that utilizes technology.


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