Are not the standards of beauty made in comparison to nature?
Art – In the most general use of the word covers all of our existence. The complexity of form and the ingenious palette of colors in nature can not be duplicated or described. No matter how hard we try, perfection can never be achieved. Our role is to be aware of our surroundings and to preserve them as best we can.
Also we speak of “inner beauty.” The artist uses his or her vision to evoke a response or to release his/her emotion.
The term art may also refer to the tools used. Is it sculpture? Painting? Music? Design? Writing? What style within the broad group is the artist using?
It gets complicated to put art into words. But you get the meaning.
MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art has free app for the iPad called Abstract Expressionism. It has the images of the complete exhibit held there. Each painting is described both in text and audio. You can clip on information about the artist.
It is available on the MOMA website, http://www.moma.org.
No iPad? Enjoy all the goodies on the website. They are too wonderful to miss.
Another free source which includes music and many more offerings from MOMA, is http://www.youtube.com