The definition of Art: “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.” Websters
But maybe it should be rephrased “What is REAL art?” This is a huge question and one that has been debated over and over by folks with more knowledge, degrees and money than me, but I think that the idea can be simplified for us average humans: Real art is whatever resonates with you. If YOU think its art, well then, it’s art! This oversimplification might offend some, or seem trite or dismissive of the wisdom of hundreds of years of well-honed art history books, schooled historians and scholarly research on the aesthetics of the visual arts, but the art world is changing at an exponential rate! The technological digital, “internetian” world in its culture of sharing, connectedness and open forum is exactly the kind of environment in which art of any kind can, and should, flourish!
No longer is it necessary to “make it” as an artist by being represented in one of the big houses in NY, Paris, or London. The internet has made it possible for anyone to present their works to a world market. Never before has it been easier and quicker to connect art buyers with artists directly. Websites that sell art directly are popping up every day. There are many websites, organizations and businesses that will help artists with the business parts of the art making world. This is the areas that galleries and art sellers have filled for artists for many years. Because of the internet artists have, at their fingertips, online venues that will sell their art for less commission than a physical gallery. Some galleries have both physical and online galleries. One terrific gallery in Arizona called Xanadu offers an eclectic arsenal of support, including online courses, books, online gallery representation, and consulting for artists in these arenas.
Art should inspire us, allow us to see differently, to stretch our imagination, or dig deeper into ourselves, or simply just be what it is for us. If it’s something that resonates and creates a sense of connectedness and meaning for the viewer then its served its purpose. If it doesn’t do anything for the viewer, or offends, the viewer can simply move on to something else. The NOW potential for the artist and the art viewer is a free, egalitarian space where anyone and everyone can explore their creativity, and where the average person can trust their own instincts when it comes to determining what is art. In this brave new art world folks never again have to be confused when they look at the art they have in their homes and wonder if it’s “really art.”
There are several great online art venues online that one can view, enjoy and purchase art. A few are listed below, but feel free to do your own search, you may find art in an unexpected place.