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Mini Essay 1 - William Byun Mini Essay 1 To most people who...

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William Byun Mini Essay 1 To most people who get to see Jeff Koons’ sculpture “Michael Jackson and Bubbles” in its original place at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the sculpture is considered a piece of art. The fact that it is in the environment of other great works of art almost automatically makes it considered an artwork to the general public. In fact, in Robert Hughes’ Behold the Stone Age , Hughes says that “museums have trained us to do that.” (p 122) Some theorists like Leo Tolstoy, on the other hand, analyze what they believe is art with so much specificity that it gives doubt as to whether sculptures, paintings, and music are actually considered art while other theorists like Robert Hughes have a broader outlook on what is considered art. Tolstoy is very direct in his concepts in What is Art? as he describes exactly what he believes is considered art. According to Tolstoy’s idea that art is only considered art if it
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