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Art: Home

A research guide designed to assist visual art students in the location and use of art materials.


North wall. Motor Assembly by Diego Rivera

North wall. Motor Assembly by Diego M. Rivera

Detroit Institute of the Arts

What is Art?

The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms provides us with this definition:

art The most elusive of terms, its validity is only vouchsafed in cultures which admit to such a concept. Broadly speaking, the term ‘art’ in the visual sense can be applied to any work/subject which engenders, by intent or otherwise, aesthetic and/or intellectual appreciation. In a teasing subversion of the title of his magisterial survey The Story of Art (1950) the great art historian Sir Ernst Gombrich declared, ‘There really is no such thing as Art. There are only artists.’