Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Is art anything?

Central Arts has posted an article by John Carey that ran in the Sunday Times on May 22. It's an excerpt from Carey's book What Good Are the Arts? -- just out in Britain, but apparently not available on these shores yet -- and its conclusion is that something is a work of art if someone thinks it is. My own feeling is that to be unable to differentiate between Bach's B-minor Mass and a can of human excrement is evidence of a profound failure of language and logic.
A review by David Lodge of Carey's book ran in the Sunday Times on May 29.

1 comment:

  1. My feeling is that that is on a par with the notion, apparently fashionable in some crannies of academe, that your behavior is objectively offensive if someone says it is offensive, so cut it out.
    Willis Wayde