ART IS SOMETIMES TOXIC AND CONTROVERSIAL — BECAUSE IT GIVES US NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE MUNDANE. TOXIC ART IS NOT REALLY NICE. WHY SHOULD IT BE? AFTER ALL, IN DAILY LIFE IT IS SOMETIMES QUITE DIFFICULT TO BE NICE (“C’est parfois dur d’être gentil.”). AT MOMENTS, “TOXIQUE” IS VERY SEXY:
“Something is a work of art when it has filled its role as therapy for the artist. I don’t care about the audience. I’m not working for the audience. The audience is welcome to take what they can.”
“I think that art is the ability to show and tell what it means to be alive. It can powerfully visualize, textualize and/or musicalize your experience of the world, and there are a million ways to do it. I have trouble with categories; I don’t even think high culture, low culture. I just think it’s one broad cultural life, and all these different ways of showing and telling are in that. I do know just the idea that because something’s in a gallery, instantly it’s art, whereas something somewhere else is not art, is silly and narrow. I’m not interested in narrowing definitions.”
“Le jeune homme et la mort”, 65×90 cm., oil on canvas. This is my re-interpretation of Cocteau’s idea for the famous ballet. See my notes about this HERE!
Freelance curator and author of ‘Art on the Edge and Over — Searching for Art’s Meaning in Contemporary Society 1970’s-1990’s.’
“When you think about art, you have to think about life. If art doesn’t sensitize us to something in the world, clarify our perceptions, make us aware of the decisions we have made, it’s entertainment.”
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**NB. Selected quotes from
The New York Times: “ART; Is It Art? Is It Good? And Who Says So?” (Interviews with art-world participants and observers on what is art, what is good art and who decides etc.).