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What is Art?

Art and Artists
Africa, Zaire
England, Higham Manor, Suffolk
Donald Judd
New Mexico (Mimbres)
Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
Thailand (Blue Hmong)
Robert Rauschenberg

Inner Worlds Environment   Identity Designing Spaces and Places
What is Art? Activities
View the 7 artworks in this theme. After simply viewing the works, choose whether each one is "definitely art", "maybe art", or "definitely not art." Give reasons for your choices. Count the votes. Then read and discuss the background information about each piece. Vote again. Did the artworks seem more important or meaningful after you investigated the art history? Did you change your opinions? Why or why not?


Carroll, N. "Avant-garde art and the problem of theory." Journal of Aesthetic Education, 29(3), 1-13. 1995.

Coote, J. & A. Shelton, (eds) Anthropology, Art and Aesthetics. Oxford: Clarendon Press. 1992.

Gardner, H. Multiple Intelligences: The Theory in Practice. New York: BasicBooks. 1993.

Haynes, D. J. "Teaching Postmodernism." Art Education, 48(5), 23-24, 45-50. 1995.

Kaeppler, A. Aesthetics: Evaluative Ways of Thinking. Una's Lectures in Humanities. Berkley, CA: University of California. 1986.

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