Art is not an object but a process.
Un lavoro fatto a regola d’Arte – in English, a job done following rules of Art – it is a very interesting Italian term from the private law system used as the standard for performance in construction contracts for over sixty years.
It means doing something in the best way possible, following the rules, the suggestions and the same procedures a master of that art would follow (in English is the equivalent of a job done “according to the book” or “good and workmanlike manner”).
I like that the term Art is used in Italian to define the quality of the performance. The word Art does not refer to any object but it has been used to define the quality of a process. You can do something badly or – as a master in that field would have done it – “Artly”.
Unfortunately, museums have changed the meaning of what can be considered Art today: Art is not an object but a process.
Art is not a thing,
it is a way.
Elbert Hubbard, 1908
Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Teachers
stop looking for Art only in art-galleries or museums:
everything can be Art and it can be found everywhere…