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[User Picture]From: max1975 Date: April 20th, 2006 - 03:03 am (Link)
interesting... so are you arguing that a piece meant to convey a statement, or to cause someone to think about an idea isn't art? I think most "artists" would disagree.

I have a lot of sympathy for this point of view. I think when art is used to convey a specific message, it has a tendency to, well...to suck. Again, one could write volumes. But to try and simplify, I think art has the power to communicate a whole lot more than whatever idea the artist has in mind when he makes it. When this power is consciously appropriated to serve the artist's ideology, rather than unleashed to its full potential, the result is often quite tacky.

That said, there's a clearly a lot of stuff with ideological content that is also great art (and actually, it's not ideological content doesn't bother me, it's preaching). And the tacky stuff wouldn't bother me so much if it weren't art being subjugated.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: April 20th, 2006 - 10:43 am (Link)
tacky or no, it would still be art though. And besides, I agree with you, a piece can coney a lot more than the artists intention, but that's still not "being appreciated only for its own intrinsic aesthetic value," ya know? So I guess what I was getting at is what you said in the second paragraph, I don't think preachiness and artisticness are mutually exclusive.... if anything its just annoying.

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