ART - What purposes do the categories serve, if any? I...

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What purposes do the categories serve, if any? I would have to say that I can see both sides of the argument. Titling art by its quality actually seems unnecessary. I have always been taught that art is in the eye of the beholder. Art is meant to be enjoyed by all. By labeling art as “low art” you are automatically the art is less quality. Art can be taken in any way and it still has the ability to portray a message, or show true beauty. Art is not less just because it is in a public place, or it decorates a building, low art - Refers to the lesser or minor arts, including the decorative or applied arts , with the inference that these are low partly because of shoddy manufacturing in inferior materials of superficial kitsch , simply catering to popular taste , unreflective acceptance of realism , and a certain "couch potato" mentality. The boundary between high and low art has faded in the contemporary art scene. Its place has been taken by discussion of popular or mass culture . high art
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2010 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Sullivan during the Spring '08 term at ASU.

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