Thursday, August 25, 2011
What is art?
There's a fascinating movie I recommend you see. It's called 'My Kid Could Paint That.' What's fascinating about it isn't the story so much, about a three-year-old artist to whom people pay thousands for her work. It's about the nature of art, what people see in it, why it matters to them, what it's worth, and whether it is in fact art.
Tonight I finally saw this, a 30-foot high statue of Marilyn Monroe, on Michigan Avenue. I find it just awful. But as you can see from the picture, people are interacting with it, leaning against it, taking pictures up her blown-up skirt. And that doesn't even count the dozen or so tourists next to me taking pictures.
If art causes a reaction, if it invites involvement, then Marilyn is art.
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