quarta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2012

Criteria for art

Weitz tells that different kinds of objects can be identified as “art”, but these objects do not have all its features in common. It can be found similarities among them, but no one familiar property in every single object, which would mark it as artistic.

He states it is possible to list some characteristics one can see in objects which are normally assumed as artistic, but it is impossible to enumerate all of the attributes an object known as artistic has, because these qualities vary enormously from one to another example.

This way, he defends that art is a kind of open concept, because it is emendable and corrigible, changing with circumstances. It is important to say, however, that in Weitz opinion, only mathematical or logic concepts are closed one.

For Weitz, the most important task in aesthetic is to discover in which conditions we can apply the concept of art accurately. He suggests the aestheticians must try to list what he name as “criteria of recognition”, which is the group of similarity properties we can find among the objects we use to call artistic.

Even if it is impossible to draw a line to separate art to non-art, he said we should look for some elements and relations that occur often. Weitz, eventually, affirms this criteria is not a kind of border that cannot be crossed. Some objects can be “artistic”, but they do not need to respect some of these rules. He said, nevertheless, if this object does not attend to at least one of the feature found in this “collection”, it cannot be described as art.

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