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A sequence of tiny, drilled snail shells about 75,000 years old—were found in a South African cave. Containers that may have been used to carry paints have been found dating way again to 100,000 years.

However, the questions of what is art and who’s an artist usually are not easily answered. The idea of defining art right now is way harder than it has ever been. After the exhibition during the Pop Art movement of Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box and Campbell’s Soup Cans, the questions of “what is art? Anything can, actually, be art, and the term remains constantly evolving.

The end of the 20th century fostered an in depth debate generally known as the linguistic turn controversy, or the “harmless eye debate” in the philosophy of art. This debate discussed the encounter of the work of art as being determined by the relative extent to which the conceptual encounter …