Thursday, January 12, 2012

How to Critique Modern Art

Regarding the new Damien Hurst art shows (colored dots on canvases), Roberta Smith writes in the NYTimes:

"The fluctuations in quality is itself a kind of affirmation of the whole idea of quality."

Some of his paintings are shitty, so that reaffirms the idea that some paintings are better than others.

This is why people (not me, I actually like it) make fun of contemporary visual art.

P.S. - shouldn't that be "the fluctuations... *are*... a kind of..."

1 comment:

Peter Matthew Reed said...

How would we know there were syntactic rules unless we observe fluctuations in syntactic behavior?

p.s This is actually a massive debate in linguistics, re the ability of children to learn from a paucity of stimulus.