Defining Art and its Future


  • Zachary Isrow Global Center for Advanced Studies/Alma Mater Europaea



Art Theory, Philosophy of Art, Aesthetics


Art is a creative phenomenon which changes constantly, not just insofar as it is being created continually, but also in the very meaning of ‘art.’ Finding a suitable definition of art is no easy task and it has been the subject of much inquiry throughout artistic expression. This paper suggests a crucial distinction between ‘art forms’ and ‘forms of art’ is necessary in order to better understand art. The latter of these corresponds to that which we would typically call art such as painting, singing, etc. The former corresponds to the form out of which these take shape, movement, speech, etc. With this distinction set out, it becomes clearer that art and the aesthetic is rooted in the properties of the ‘thing’ such as the color, shape, and the texture, rather than the product of creation itself. Thus, the future of art will bring a new aesthetic in which these properties become recognized as art and as such there will be an aesthetic of everyday life.

Author Biography

Zachary Isrow, Global Center for Advanced Studies/Alma Mater Europaea

Zachary Alan Isrow is a PhD Candidate with the Global Center for Advanced Studies in Partnership with Alma Mater Europaea


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