So simple elegant things can't be art? How complex does it need to be before it counts? Is more complexity always better or is there a diminishing return?
Let's see...refinement, noun: "cultured elegance in behavior or manner.". Hmmm....elegance, noun: "the quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple ". So art must embody complexity and ingenious simplicity. Gotcha. Can't see any issues so far.
Impact on who? How is impact measured? Sounds to me like impact is a function of entirely subjective reactions of the audience.
So something that is obscure and thus quickly forgotten about can't be art because it has no staying power?
The only reason Bieber is more popular is because most people are uncultured mooks and you appear to be one of them.
Perhaps. Or perhaps I just understand the difference between a subjective opinion and an objective fact and I'm not arrogant enough to assume that my opinions are somehow more worthy than anyone else's. But no, I'm sure you're right. It's probably the mook thing.