Art is about (selective) memory,
Art is anxious accumulation. The compulsion to collect physical things grew out of the act of saving food for the chilly cold season.
Art is an image of ourself.
In modernism, art becomes a philosophical enterprise rather than an artistic one. The driving purpose of modernism is not to do art but to find out what art is.
Stephen Hicks, Avoiding theory like the plague
Art is an image of unseen beautiful pictures.