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What makes good art?

Have ever visited a museum and looked at a museum piece that you think should not have been there? Each time people stuff that seems to have been poorly executed, a nagging question usually comes after – who is educated or qualified enough to appraise a specific work and tag it as good art? After all, a lot of Westerners deem art as something that is inherently subjective, so who has the final say in the status of a particular art piece?

You see, in this contemporary art world, practically anything goes. It’s not a criticism of what is perceived of high art but a statement of what is obvious. Even Duchamp who created the very famous "Fountain" made the same declaration on the dominant power of artistic intentions.

In reality, and this is regardless of what other people would say, art is the mere expression and application of human creativity. It is an act that brings out and makes physical what is innately internal and alive. Good art requires great appreciation for the splendour and emotional power it possesses, both or either for the subsequent observer and the artist. For many, good art is a subjective individual experience that only he can explain. In contrast, the concept that the artist is the only one that puts a definition to the artwork instantly gets rid of the art viewer's experience with the artwork. It also erodes the authority of the viewer's perspective. With this belief, the artist carries the ultimate card and can just simply say that whoever does not like what he made just does not understand what good art is. That can shame the art viewer into silence. This is the very reason why some people are timid about expressing what they think about a specific artwork even if they come from art schools. This is also the reason why casual art consumers leave the opinion-giving to those who feel that they are experts to tell us what good art really is. People have, for the longest time, believed that their own opinions do not matter at all.

People generally trust in the capacity of these so-called experts to make the assessment for us and share their perceptions in different forms of media including the journals, through storytelling, history, law, and even science. It has become the responsibility of the scientist, the artist, and the historian to show everyone what should be believed in this world. But, the truth is, good art is not like everything else. It is definitely a one-sided thing, and you should start stating your true opinion on how you perceive art that you see. The moment you give up the ability to judge art, you will lose the capability to express your own opinion and evaluate the kind of art that you see.

Good art should not be confusing or incomprehensible. It should be as open and comprehensive as any personal human experience. Good art should like a shared conversation, or a theoretical debate among the people who have seen it.