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The most common usage of the word ""art,"" which rose to prominence after 1750, is understood to denote skill used to produce an aesthetic result. (Evelyn Hatcher, ed. Art as Culture: An Introduction to the Anthropology of Art. 1999

Art is the aspects of design beyond the reach of science. A product of creative skill that has less to do with the analytical and tangible nature of things and more to do with the more ethereal, such as visual appearance, feeling, emotion, aesthetics, etc.

Art evokes understanding
Art is something that stimulates an individual's thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or ideas through the senses. It is also an expression of an idea and it can take many different forms and serve many different purposes. Although the application of scientific theories to derive a new scientific theory involves skill and results in the ""creation"" of something new, this represents science only and is not categorized as art. (Source: Wikipedia contributors, ""Art,"" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed March 4, 2008).)

""Ideas make art --
In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work . . . all planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes the machine that makes the art."" - Sol LeWitt, 1967