Mental Floss

What is art?

Andréa Fernandes

Over the past year, the art on "Feel Art Again" has ranged from the traditional masters (Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, both shown above) to the highly controversial (DuanPen, Marcel Duchamp, both shown below).

Controversial.jpg /

Pablo Picasso believed, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Everyone has a different idea about what exactly is and isn't art and who can and can't be classified as artists.

So today, I ask all of you:

What is art?

What is good art?

Who qualifies as an artist and who doesn't?

Some things to consider:
The mediocre Dutch artist who pulled "the greatest art hoax of the 20th century."
Wim Delvoye's tattooed pigs banned from SHContemporary.
The proposed "abortion art" by a Yale art student that was declared a hoax by Yale.
The toddler whose ketchup paintings have fooled some collectors.

"Feel Art Again" appears every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. You can e-mail us at with artist suggestions or details of current exhibitions.