File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 232

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 09:52:02 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] politics

In a message dated 11/14/08 9:06:01 PM, writes:

> The main precept was that a work of art contains everything
> needed to absorb and comprehend the value within the piece.=A0 If a
> major aspect of the artwork is refrenced outside the piece and needed
> to comprehend the piece then it did not meet the critieria.=A0

Wouldn't that definition automatically eliminate any piece of art inspired by 
Christianity -- the gazillion or so paintings, sculptures, not to mention 
architecture, commissioned for the purpose of glorifying god, the holy mother, 
the child, (and the art patron most of all)? What about Picasso's Guernica, 
where the "major aspect of the artwork is referenced outside the piece and needed 
to comprehend the piece?"

You could say that Guernica can be appreciated with no knowledge of the 
specific Spanish Civil War attack that inspired it... that it can be taken as a 
condemnation of ALL war. But then, war itself is the outside reference.

My point (and I do have one) is that one has to have multiple reference 
points to comprehend and perceive value in ANYTHING -- Guernica, Gaudi's 
architecture, a pair of shoes, a sunset, your mom's meatloaf dinner.


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