Art is movement, movement is life. Surprisingly, the spareness of paradox in art promotes a fullness of life. We must first speak as simply as possible about art as a fundamental human activity. Only then can we hope to say something of consequence about the so-called “fine arts” — which may be misleading as a description. In substance, the reference “fine art” simply means useless art: “fine” as being free from utility. Art is imaginatively productive, it makes something, whether painting, poem, or partita. But this making has no independent utility, and its character as a work of art is such that it is neither used up nor utilized as a means to something else.
Kimmel, L. (2000). Paradox and metaphor: An integrity of the arts. In A-T. Tymieniecka (Ed.), Analecta Husserliana: The yearbook of phenomenological research, LXIII: The orchestration of the arts - a creative symbiosis of existential powers (pp. 5-16). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research