Day 880: Art (Not Art)

It’s often difficult for us to tell the difference between Art and Not Art.

I just asked my artful boyfriend, Michael, to describe that difference, and he said:

That’s an age-old question, baby. I’m not sure if I can answer that. Oh! I know what art is. It’s stuff  I like.

Because Art (Not Art) is such a subjective experience, I probably can’t really describe that difference in my blog (which, by the way, I’ve described to others as “my art.”) However, I can show you some things I saw yesterday that might be considered  Art, by Michael and other people:




I also saw Not Art yesterday:



I included the people shown above because none of them are named Art, as far as I know. The names I do know include Cameron,  Clark, and Aaron.

Here’s my Art (Not Art) song for today:  “Somewhere in America There’s a Street Named After My Dad,” by Was (Not Was).

Somewhere in America, there’s a boy named after my dad:

That’s my son, Aaron David Fairbanks.

Art (Not Art) thanks to Aaron, to my late father Aaron Koplow, to Michael, to Cameron (who wrote and directed “Serious Economics” with Aaron), to Clark (who played Satan in “Serious Economics”), to Was (Not Was), to the woman painting Fenway Park yesterday, to the patient who made a cake pop likeness of her doctor, to the person who drew the cover art for my high school yearbook, to all the other high school (not high school) artists who helped me create this post, to defibrillators everywhere, to Emack & Bolio’s and  Rancatore’s Ice Cream,  and to you — of course! — for the art of observing, here and now.

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41 thoughts on “Day 880: Art (Not Art)

  1. Rose Red

    LOVE this post about art and , not art. The way you describe what is art to you is much how I feel, but I have trouble putting it into words.

  2. Love the photos of art. How did the play go?

  3. I guess, because you didn’t give us ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, that the video is Not Art

  4. It would be nice to have more “not art” signs around, just to be sure!

  5. yeseventhistoowillpass

    I like artisan breads…

  6. Somewhere in America, there’s an artful blogger named Ann. Not dodger.

  7. Art is anything you can get away with. I guess non art is what you can’t get away with 😉

  8. I once knew a man named Art Ann. You’re blog is a form of art to me. ❤
    Diana xo

  9. There’s an art to keeping a constant supply of clean spoons,that is for sure. We can’t underestimate the value of that art.

    What is on Aaron’s face, in red? At first I thought it was tears of blood (theatrical) but in a different photo it looked more like tech face art.

    • It was tears of blood and other makeup to show that he and the rest of the cast had been possessed by the devil. It was very arty. And pretty clean, actually.

  10. Ann,
    I suppose that whether art is art or not art depends on the eye of the beholder. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
    One other tid bit: “Art, like morailty, consists of drawing the line somewhere.”-G.K. Chesterton

  11. Life is art.

  12. No! No art! Yes to Feline Aristocracy!

  13. Articulately non-art artistically!

  14. I’m with Michael. He’s right

  15. “There is one art, no more nor less, to do all things with artlessness.”–Piet Hein

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