Saturday, April 14, 2007

Art as Work

"There seems to be much confusion about what we mean when art . I have a recommendation. We eliminate the word art and replace it with work and develop the following descriptions.

  1. Work that goes beyond it's functional intention and moves us in deep ways we call great work.
  2. Work that is conceived and executed with elegance and rigor we call good work.
  3. Work that meets it's intended needs honestly and without pretense we call simply work.
  4. Everything else, the sad and shoddy stuff of daily life, can come under the heading of bad work.
This simple change will eliminate anxiety for thousands of people who worry about whether they are artist or not. But this is not the most significant consequence. More importunately, it can restore art to a central, useful activity in daily life--something for which we have been waiting for a long time"

- graphic designer and illustrator Milton Glaser in his book Art is Work

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