What is art?

After spending time with New York artist James Gilroy (www.jamesgilroy.com) in his studio, touring several revitalized Brooklyn neighborhoods populated by artists and immigrants, and viewing the Whitney Biennial today I have been asking one question: What is art?

In traditional circles this question is often answered by asking:

What is language?
What is culture?
What is knowledge?
What is beauty?

I would add at least one more question to this series of questions that helps define art: What is the context?

Great artists bring context to their work . . .from yesterday or yesteryear. They channel their personal experiences and sense of individual being to their work. They capture even the most simple yet the most complex experiences and combine them to create a beautiful language all their own.

Great art speaks for itself.

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