What is the difference between art and mere entertainment?
I like the expression "All art is entertainment, but not all entertainment is art" (I don't know who said it). But what about a particular piece of work raises it to the level of art and not just entertainment? Is it purely a matter of opinion or are there criteria that can be specified?
I would suggest the following: Entertainment entrains and excites or relaxes, following a predictable pattern. Art breaks out of the mold, stimulating new feelings, ideas, or deeper appreciation and understanding.
Entertainment passes the time. Art takes it further by carrying a lesson.
Mere entertainment, as you say, is just that, entertainment. It serves its purpose for the moment, then you move on. Of course, there are some types of very creative entertainment that can be treated much like art. Art can be interpreted in many ways, depending who is viewing it. It can open up your imagination, make you wonder, or create a deeper thought. Art creates a longer lasting impression.
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