As a former art museum employee, I've had to deal with complaints about various things, including nudity (hello, it's art! These same people probably had no problem letting their kids watch violent movies, but God forbid they see a breast ). What I would generally say is that, for me, art isn't about being pretty. Art should challenge you and make you think. I can't think of anything more boring than a gallery full of floral still lifes or landscapes.Originally Posted by CrossingGuard;3950114;
That being said, Contemporary Art isn't for everyone. It can be more intellectual than visual. It makes you think and it's often more about the process than just about the finished product. Some art you can just look at and appreciate and other art you really have to work for. I like both. After taking a seminar on Contemporary Art a few years ago, I definitely have a huge appreciation for it. I'm still not a big fan of performance art and, after studying Carolee Schneemann, I was cured of any interest in body art. You know, good for you and your artistic process, I just don't want to watch it.
Re: the comment about images of Jesus vs. Muhammad: that's the great thing about this country - we have the freedom to express those things while, in other countries, it can get you killed. Even if I don't agree with everything people say or do or create, I know I'd much rather live in a country where they have the freedom to do it. Frankly, I'm much more offended by pablum like those treacly paintings by Thomas Kinkade.
That's what's so great about art - everyone has different tastes!
ETA: I forgot to actually comment on the art in this episode!
I thought John's was absolutely the best choice, especially when you look at the other covers in this series of books from Penguin. Mark's looked like a real book cover too, but not a part of that specific Penguin series. I'm not quite sure why Nicole thought putting a drawer in a book cover was a good idea...
I wonder if we'll ever see more of Ryan. I've been impressed with his work, but he's been like the invisible man so far. I find this group - especially now that Judith is gone - to be pretty likable and talented. Nao is kind of a bitch, but she hasn't lived up to the "Beast of the Season" they seemed to set her up to be in the first episode.
So far, the top three for me are Miles, John and Abdi. In the next few weeks, I'd like to see Jamie Lynn go, as well as Jaclyn and Erik.
In my Work of Art drinking game, I take a drink every time Erik mentions his lack of formal art training.