Addressing the ever-shrinking credibility of rock journalism since 2007. With a sasquatch.

Monday, August 4, 2008

But Is It Art?: Paris is Burning

Daniel Edwards
Paris Hilton Autopsy, Daniel Edwards 2007.

The work of relevant artists, like Daniel Edwards whose interactive sculpture is pictured above, is to choose from the constellation of culture those figures who embody a value or a sin. The artist represents that ideal in their work. The edge in good art comes from relevance.

The raw and controversial work of M.F. Hussain in his native India, portrays Indian deities in every day life, Luncheon on the Grass portraying artists and their muse together by Manet, and Olympia again by Manet - confront us with the public's ideal versus the source of this tremendous beauty. This outrageous beauty is perceived by the artist. For the viewing audience, the living muse is an a object of desire and scorn.

Goddess Durga Astride the Tiger, M.F. Husain 2006.
Goddess Durga Astride the Tiger, M.F. Husain 2006.

Manet, French Realism
Luncheon on the Grass, Edouard Manet 1863.

Manet
Olympia, Edouard Manet 1863.

There is a everpresent hypocrisy at work in contemporary culture. The attitude that infrequently rewards artists and their muse for their work also punishes them for an implied violation of morality. The same violation occurs in the viewing public's heart: repeatedly and in secret. In public, in the galleries, the artist and muse occupy that tragic dark space with their imagery or bodies and have for the past two centuries as Art became a more democratized experience.

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