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Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 07:36:44 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Context

We view nothing outside of context-what Joseph Campbell says, I think it is something to strive for as the artist...but maybe ultimately unachievable? Especially since we can't predict who will be looking.
Context of viewing art can include such crude factors as the price tag or the author.
How about when an artist submitted a picture drawn by a 5 year old to a gallery contest and it won....when revealed a 5 year had done it, the gallery was furious and disqualified the win.
Art can be like fashion.  When associated with beautiful people and wealth it might have more value.
The Anne Frank example is such a good one regarding historical context.  The dramatic power of the play hinges on the audience knowing something the characters do not know.
One of the delicious properties of viewing puppetry is knowing that the puppets aren't real people, but drifting into the place of seeing them as real anyway.  

Christopher-I look forward to seeing you in the new year-AND NO SURPRISES, PLEASE!!!!  "Family show" right? "All ages" yes? The wolf is non-partisan, true?

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