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Monday, June 30, 2003

New Definition For Art

By James L. Weaver

As an artist and Art History instructor, I would have gladly, five years ago, passed on the following definition- ART: "Based on esthetics, the act of original creation, by manipulating a medium of public objects or events that serve as deliberately organized sets of conditions, having a definite beginning and end, for an experience in a qualitative mode."

However, I now predict that within five years, all major university-level "required" texts whose titles fall in the category of "The History of Art", will, and certainly should be, titled: "The History of Esthetic Experiences" as none of today's art scholars or writers appear, understandably, capable of defining what presently passes for...art.

James L. Weaver, MFA

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