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In the twentieth century, the visual arts have embarked on major experimentation, from cubism to expressionism. While tastes always vary, there are certainly some people who find beautiful objects of each of the art movements of the first half of the twentieth century. In the latter half of the twentieth century, though, most works are so abstract or shocking that neither the critic nor the general public uses the word "beautiful" to describe them: indeed, sometimes late twentieth-century artists have, as one of their expressed goals, the creation of a work that no one could find beautiful. Whatever these artists are creating may be intellectually engaging at some level, but it is no longer art.

Which of the following is an assumption that supports drawing the conclusion above from the reasons given for that conclusion?

A. Art critics generally have a different appraisal of a work of art than does the general public.
B. The meaning of any work of art is defined entirely by the ideas of the artist who created it.
C. Beauty is a defining quality of art.
D. All art movements of the latter half of the twentieth century are responses to the movements of the first half of the century.
E. It is not possible for any work to be simultaneously beautiful and intellectually engaging.

Please provide explanations for your answer. Will post OA after some discussions. :-)
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IMO C....by POE
Whts the OA....???
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IMO - C

PREMISE -CONCLUSION ... CONNECT BEAUTY TO ARTS......
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[quote="mba1382"]In the twentieth century, the visual arts have embarked on major experimentation, from cubism to expressionism. While tastes always vary, there are certainly some people who find beautiful objects of each of the art movements of the first half of the twentieth century. In the latter half of the twentieth century, though, most works are so abstract or shocking that neither the critic nor the general public uses the word "beautiful" to describe them: indeed, sometimes late twentieth-century artists have, as one of their expressed goals, the creation of a work that no one could find beautiful. Whatever these artists are creating may be intellectually engaging at some level, but it is no longer art.


PRETHINK-- 20th century art undergone various experimentation. 1st half is described as beautiful... some ppl were always there to find those different experimentation beautiful . However, later 20th century - people did not find beautiful even if they were intellectually engaging and regard the work as no art form.

Which of the following is an assumption that supports drawing the conclusion above from the reasons given for that conclusion?

A. Art critics generally have a different appraisal of a work of art than does the general public. well art in the later half were not considered beautiful by the critics and people alike. moreover this option doesnt address how the later 20th century art was not actually an art. Hence incorrect
B. The meaning of any work of art is defined entirely by the ideas of the artist who created it. Out Of Scope. doesnt specify the argument at hand nad in no way helps in establishihng the later 20 th century art was not an art..
C. Beauty is a defining quality of art. The author certainly establishes a relation between art and beautiful in his argument. If beauty is what defines and marks any art form and people do not find late 20th century art as beautiful, they certainly do not consider the same as art. Certainly an assumption the author is making. Correct
D. All art movements of the latter half of the twentieth century are responses to the movements of the first half of the century. OOS. no such thing have been discussed. And even if they are related, then why people have diferent views about the two halfs.. Incorrect
E. It is not possible for any work to be simultaneously beautiful and intellectually engaging. Not necessarily true. Incorrect

SO, ans is option C
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