Sunday, February 13, 2005

The Gates - Is it Art?

The so-called "Gates" was just unveiled in New York City by Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude.

It's a bunch of rectangular panels of saffron-colored pleated nylon swaths.

Is it art or just nylon nonsense?

It is definitely NOT art because absolutely anyone in the world could dream it up and create it. If it requires absolutely no talent and anyone in the world can do it then it CANNOT be a work of art.

It might be an interesting novelty but it is certainly not art.

It is precisely for nonsense like this that we need to have a good definition of art. Having a widely accepted rational definition of art will inevitably result in an overall improvement in the quality of art available for all of us to enjoy.

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