This topic has been discussed for so long and everyone still seems to give a shit so I decided I would try to contribute a little bit to the world and teach you what you should consider art or not.
Seriously, you people really have to stop calling everything you find beautiful or complicated "art".
So what is art?
But really, if you show anything in a literal way (without it having a point) it's already not art, art is always subjective.
Art isn't supposed to be good looking, in fact, it would be more artistic to use something ugly as we are ugly ourselves.
So let's get down to it, what are the tools we need to make art?
1. An idea
There is nothing more important than the idea itself, of course it can't be a simple idea, it has to be something you need to express. Let's say you'd like to tell people about how you think society should be - simple idea right? But if you follow the next steps it too can be art.
Now that you have a point to prove you need to know how to prove it, and if you're throwing it on people's faces you have already failed. In paintings you can use geometry or small signs and colors, in movies you hide it behind the story, in music you choose your words more wisely so it's not obvious.
Rather the lack of aesthetics, you should not attempt to make your piece something pretty to look at. You make it beautiful to tackle the subject of beauty itself, you make it ugly because you want to talk about something ugly or you simply make a contradiction - again, with a point.
4.Show it off
What would art be without an audience? Unless someone sees it, your point has no point. The main reason for the creation of art is expression and the reacition you get from it, so if you don't express it to someone it's just like a private journal, you might as well paint a portrait of your latest crush and hide it in the basement.
Why does it need to be art anyway?
Something being art won't make you like it more or less, its quality will. So, whatever you have in mind, do it for your own reasons and not because you want to say you're an artist. Want to paint Uncle Scrooge on the wall? Go right ahead and be happy with it.
Except for graffiti. If you're one of the kids who think writing things in funny letters on walls is cool and hip I hope you break your finger and are never able to hold a spray can again.
And just to make clear, I know a lot of people have different concepts of what is art, this is my conclusion on what it means nowadays. It is based on observation and comparison in quality and characteristics. You're free to disagree, but you're probably wrong.