deponti (deponti) wrote,
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The Artist and the Artisan

A comment from birdonthewire appreciating my "alphabet verse" set me thinking about the difference between art and artisanship...

Artisanship...is clever,excites sometimes fleeting admiration....can be replicated,is not necessarily creative.

Art...is wise,excites longer-lasting feelings and really moves one... is unique, and is always creative.

But I agree that there are lots of things which straddle the border between these two....

So, I am still wondering...is word-play art? or artisanship? Do I somehow seem as if I think of artisanship (eg, painting a copy of an Old Master) rather less than a work of art? Is it not valuable in its own right? Is a beautifully executed copy of a Holbein less than a daub of original brushstrokes? How should I rate my abcd verse...well, I just said it, it's verse! ...if what distinguishes verse from poetry is the emotion it evokes, does that difference hold true for all art?

I find the music in the "India" ads and even the Airtel signature tune so haunting, is it the same as the majesty of a rAgam treated in a Carnatic music concert?

Would like your thoughts on this. I am not very articulate about this right now, and would like to think it through.
Tags: differences, music, musing, philosophy
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