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Wednesday Mar 27, 2019

Art is Work

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From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Milton Glaser, in the introduction to his book,  Art is Work, writes: “There seems to be much confusion about what we mean when using the word 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 its functional intention and moves us in deep and mysterious ways we call great work.
2. Work that is conceived and executed with elegance and rigor we call good work.
3. Work that meets its intended need 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.