I have a question for you and hope you will leave a comment on your thoughts on this topic.
I subscribe to The Artist Magazine and was reading my November issue and in the letters to the editor there was a letter with multiple writers who were offended at some particularly graphic nude art in the July/August issue. The women all said they were artists and were not offended at tasteful nudes but these were either grotesque or too graphic. The magazine responded with a statement along the lines of just because it makes you uncomfortable doesn’t mean the artist didn’t work hard on the pieces and they were still art and should be seen.
My thought on this particular subject were, they may be art to the artist and to others, but they aren’t anything I would buy or want hanging in my home or office. So then the question becomes, do I want to subscribe to a magazine that publishes material like that expecting me to believe it is art.
If someone says something is art is it art? Is it art because I say it is and if not, what makes something art?
I’m not sure I know the answer to this question.
I remember the Maplethorpe Exhibition that was seen in Cincinnati years ago and the uprising it caused. Is it art just because I say it is?
To me, art like great music should be uplifting, stirring and inspiring. To me, it should bring out the best in me, not the most base emotions. I don’t know what you call something that brings out the worst in someone, but for me, it isn’t art.
Is there another category for art, that to me, isn’t art?
Just a little bit of calm quiet art from me.
Please comment and let me know what you think.