I invite all to check out this hilarious Dilbert comic: http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2009-12-21/
All in all, it boils down to the question, "What is Art?" Which, honestly, is philosophical argument I find tedious and unpleasant. The definition is different for everyone. And shouldn't it be? We all view the world differently. But as an illustrator, I really enjoy it when others like my work. That's kind of the point of my job. For any artists out there who only paint for self enjoyment or shock factor: well done, you've achieved your goal by expressing yourself; however, I do not see the point in getting offended when others don't agree with you. "Art" is just a label anyway. For the record, I think that anything that's created for the purpose of expression = art, but labels such as "bad art" and "offensive art" and "pornographic art" also exist and are necessarily different for everybody. Hurrah for agency and self-expression!
Secondly--does anyone else feel that "Art" is rather an ugly little word? Not at all representative of what it encompasses. Here's some trivia:
The word art derives from the Latin ars, which, loosely translated, means "arrangement" or "to arrange", though in many dictionaries the word's listing istautologically translated as "art". This is the only universal definition of art, that whatever it is was at some point arranged in some way. http://www.spiritus-temporis.com/art/etymology.html
Let's adopt a foreign word, like Sanat in Turkish, Seni in Malay, or Tipo in Italian. Interestingly enough, most foreign translations actually represent the word "Type" instead of arrangement, which I think is very poetic.
Three cheers for all you umjetnika/kunstnikud/fasihai/muveszek/listamen /ealaiontori/menininkai/artists out there.