17.8.12

THE CON THAT IS CONTEXT.

I was catching up on some magazines that piled up over the past few years, and in the January 2007 Reason was a meditation by Cheryl Miller on the pretensions of transgressive artists.
It’s hard to see the fight over [Richard Serra's] Tilted Arc as one of [author Michael] Kammen’s “healthy controversies.” If anything, the debate showed what a fraud so much “public” art is. As the critic Mark Stevens once put it, “If public art commemorates anything…it’s the artist himself.” Sorry, Henri [1920s artist Robert] —I’ll stick to drinking.
There's no shock value when that's the only technique the sculptors and painters have left.

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