From Big Think: What’s the difference between a Jackson Pollock painting and a finger-painting? Why is “The Magic Flute” so enduring, while other classical compositions have been forgotten? Is “I know it when I see it” as close as we’ll get to defining what we mean by “great art”?
These are the questions Leon Botstein, the dean of Bard College, raises in his Floating University lecture, Art Now: Aesthetics Across Music, Painting, and Culture. He illustrates his own perspective with a story about Mozart and his student, Thomas Atwood, a mediocre musician.