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The question of what should and should not be considered real art has been going on for almost as long as art has existed. The instability might stem from the fact that art does not have a concrete definition for its name. Some believe that real art is any medium that evokes strong emotion, others believe that it’s anything that has a deep and convoluted meaning behind it. This uncertainty has led to a large divide in the art community that often butts heads with each other over what should be considered real art.

This divide in the community has led to one of the most stunning works of art being forgone for the most basic and somewhat laughable pieces of abstract art. The divide has also led to the harassment of digital artists due to their use of hardware and software to create works of art. The problem with this is that you still need decent art skills to even make a beautiful piece of digital art and that the technological advancements are barely surface level and only exist to act as simple aid in the creation of art.

This divide has also been shown to cause there to be those who are very liberal and yet very strict with the term art. This has led to the introduction of low effort and terrible art being taken seriously. An example of this is NFT ART, a system that encourages people to make the lowest effort and awful art because they know they will get paid a large sum for it and AI-generated “art”, which is less than the very bare minimum of what should be considered real art and the fact that it is even called art shows how bad this situation is.

This separation in the art community doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but in an ironic way, it has also brought the community together to collectively despise AI-generated art.

By Elden Kinyera

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