‘But Is It Art?’ (2017)

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Remember this? A couple of students buy a pineapple at the supermarket and gull the art museum authorities into displaying it as a work of art.

But Is It Art?

Art has been in trouble for a very long time. Oh, you can still find gifted artists. But all the headlines seem to go to the crapola-meisters. And most of the money, too. I knew a high school art teacher whose art was positively gorgeous–and original, too. She was lucky to have the job she had. No way any of her work was going to make it into a museum.


2 comments on “‘But Is It Art?’ (2017)

  1. It isn’t just that talent is unappreciated. Much of today’s “elite” society (academia, media, arts, etc.) actually hates beauty. I’ve seen it mostly in the area of opera, which is my lifetime love. The modern directors of older classics, classics which really did strive for beautiful music, turn them into visual grunge, replete with graphic sex and violence that often have no grounding in the libretto, hideous costumes and sets that sometimes deliberately cause vertigo in the audience, and constant “updating” of the setting that often makes nonsense of the libretto. (Case in point: The recent “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Met, which makes specific references to Scottish politics at the time of William and Mary, is now set in a 21st-century slum, with Lucia in torn jeans and her brother Enrico — who in the opera is a member of the Scottish old-family gentry — covered with tattoos. Do these directors ever listen to the WORDS or even glance at the libretto?) As for modern “operas” — and notice my scare quotes — it’s all about the Message and almost nothing about music, with deliberate discordances put in to show how Relevant the Message is. Blechhhh.

    Again, this isn’t just about lack of talent. It’s about a hatred of beauty, a desire to destroy.

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