Thursday, December 18, 2008
i went to a modern art museum with my father recently there in the presence of glowing greatness spectacles of the art world’s pretention i stood in front of a famous white canvas with my dad. The stories about the evolution of art and the artist’s statement, the protest of modern painters against craft and tradition, the bravery it took for that dude to sell a white canvas for thousands of dollars. From the viewpoint of the unpretentious, its pretty unimpressive. I like to take long complicated background stories that accompany paintings with a grain of salt, they are often interesting stories but if the art doesn’t strike a chord with you down deep, when you look at it, its nothing but a story. Though on the other hand, there’s those crotchety old farts from the muppet show who are pretty funny as they unsanctimoniously wreck on even the most impressive acts. Critics are another thing to take with a grain of salt.