The Purpose of Art

To believe that art exists for
a purpose is to be confused.
For those who do not see this,
I would ask you to ask yourself,
"What is the purpose of a landscape painting?"

And your inventing mind might invent a legitimate purpose
for that painting:
It could alleviate melancholy.
Maybe enchant the cubicled mind.

But to all these legitimate purposes we could add another:
our rectangular painting could serve as a dinner plate.

If you say that being a dinner plate is very different than being art,
I rest my case. For it is something like a prose article,
mascarading as a poem.


  1. Reading this reminded me of when I , in a roundabout way, asked a visitng artist to our college gallery how she responds when people say her work looks like vomit.

    One mans vomit is another mans dinner plate.

  2. If art doesn't have a purpose then
    how can you tell good art from bad?

    1. What is better in art is what is more beautiful; that's how!


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