As the title says, what do you consider art? I'm not looking for dictionary definitions, but personal responses. Recently I've had several conversations about this. I 'inherited my grandad's view of art, or at least more modern forms. The view being that if you can easily do it yourself, it's not art. I'm referring to such things as this bed by Tracy Emin: Rather than art, I would be inclined to say that that's what people wake up to every morning. And art along the lines of Rothko, two simple coloured squares, surely cannot compare to more classical, talented work such as this: But lately I've been reconsidering. I asked somebody how a 'town' made of white cardboard boxes could be considered art, when anybody can plan it out and make it. He said things such as it's not the difficulty involved but that it provokes thought. Now I'm trying to be more open minded about what is considered art. So to repeat, what do you consider art? Is it the message the artist is trying to convey or just the work at face value? And can editing a photo using software be considered art? [views on this caused a disagreement with my gf :innocent:inch:] And two disclaimers: I searched for similar topics, but 'art' is too small a word to get searched, and I looked through the art forum. Nothing like this, hope I'm not copying anyone. Sorry if I get terms such as modern and classic wrong, I'm no expert and I'm using those words loosely here.