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Re: Cute but stupid
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- Subject: Re: Cute but stupid
- From: Michel Rogerson <michaelr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 14:38:58 -0600
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Dave...all I can say is "a closed mind is an empty mind."
A kid in kindergarten could hardly approach art such as Picasso, Rothko,
or Gottlieb with the insight and genius as they do. A kid does just
scribble or splatter paint. A genius knows when to and why he does.
Again...a closed mind is an empty mind...
Good luck , Michel
On Mon, 24 Mar 1997 patriot@xxxxxxx wrote:
> Right on, Lisa !!
> I have never cared for it either and I DON'T think this is from a lack of
> artistic appreciation or intellect, but rather from an abundance of good
> judgement. Once, at the Guggenheim in NYC I saw what to my mind was the
> ultimate in the "conceit" of so-called modern art. It consisted of a
> series of "panels", apparently stretched canvas, approximately 2" x 3",
> hung in the "portrait" orientation and each consisted of a single color,
> red, yellow, orange, etc. There were about five or six of them, all just
> flat surfaces, no texture, brushstrokes or whatever. I don't "think" I
> could have done that, I know damned well I could. The conceit was in the
> probably enormous price being asked for them as a "piece" as I'm sure they
> must have been meant to be a "set".
> Abstraction taken to the extreme is merely the absurd.
> As to the two-year-old being able to "do it", I recall once walking through
> the gallery of the fine arts building when a student with a friend who had
> a kindergartener along. They were hanging a "modern" exhibit and the head
> of the art department and the artist were "arranging" the exhibit. The
> child looked around in wonder and remarked, "Gee, Daddy, I didn't know they
> had a kindergarten over here, too !". The Head and the Artist were
> appalled, of course. I thought it rather a persipicatious observation ! <g>
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