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Why I love graffiti. [20060123|16:32]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Art is not like other culture because its success is not made by its audience. The public fill concert halls and cinemas every day, we read novels by the millions and buy records by the billions. We the people, affect the making and the quality of most of our culture, but not our art.

The Art we look at is made only by a select few. A small group create, promote, purchase, exhibit and decide the success of Art. Only a few hundred people in the world have any real say. When you go to an Art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires.

--Banksy, Wall and Piece

The bad news: The double-decker buses on Route 29 have been replaced by bendy buses. >:E NO LOVE for the bendy buses.

The good news: ripperlyn is here for two whole weeks and we're going to go on photo expeditions. MUCH LOVE for Miss R.

From: ripperlyn
2006-01-23 18:43 (UTC)
hehehehehehehehehhehehehehehhehehehehehehehehhehehehehehehehe YAY! :)

It sounds like Mary is working every day so let's just pick a day we want to take nice pic-tors and do that. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-24 08:34 (UTC)
How does Thursday sound for the Highgate trip?
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[User Picture]From: taische
2006-01-23 19:15 (UTC)

A little overstated...

I don't know when he wrote this, but in the age of the Internet I don't think it's nearly as applicable. Sure- there are hard-to-access works in the same way that not everyone can drop $1,000+ on one of Sting's intimate-setting performances. That said, the work of many (actually, likely most) artists is quite accessible to anyone with the budget to acquire music, visit the movies, or browse the web. Now, if he only defines "Art" as something produced by the broadly commercially successful, he might have a point. From a standpoint of artistic and aesthetic appreciation, I would take any of a dozen originals that I've purchased for a couple of hundred dollars or less over most anything produced by Picasso any day. All of them were produced by artists I found by either visiting free galleries or browsing online. As a fan I've helped some get exhibits, encouraged others to move into new media... when communication and exposure becomes inexpensive and nearly-universal, barriers drop organically by simply allowing artists and fans of art efficient access to each other.

I love graffiti, too. Graffiti is free, which makes it rather accessible- at least to the people who happen by (although it might be argued that most of the world would have a hard time scraping together the money to make it to the West Bank to enjoy some of his beautiful work there), but to speak of "The Art we look at" as though it's the domain of the rich is a bit of a stretch.

Some media are just more accessible than others.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-24 22:49 (UTC)
Sure, I agree it's overstated. I don't think it makes the very last sentence any less true, though it isn't going to stop me from visiting museums.

I would also argue that the internet isn't nearly as organized or well-established (or "curated," if you like) as most museums are. When people want to look at capital-A Art, they generally think to go to a museum, a specific site that's easily located and which often offers free admission. However, I'd argue that it's more difficult to locate Art on the internet. It's not centralized, and access to the internet usually costs money. If one attempts to view, for instance, museum internet sites for free through the library, often one won't be able to look at the collections because much of the filtering/nanny software blocks all image access. So I think he still has a point about the Art that the bulk of the population, who probably don't have tastes as refined or carefully considered as yours, would recognize as such.
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From: libra_verde5
2006-01-23 22:06 (UTC)
Boo Hiss to Bendy busses. Hooray for photo expeditions!!!! We are kindred spirits in this rhelm.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-01-24 22:40 (UTC)
Bendy buses are wrong and bad. Not only do they lack the aesthetic appeal of the double deckers, they also have the unfortunate habit of getting stuck around corners sometimes. And since people are allowed to board the bus from the middle, there's no driver to monitor the purchasing/showing of tickets or the swiping of Oyster cards (another method of payment). So a lot of people don't. While they may think they're being very clever, they're going to drive bus fares up by failing to pay. Grah.

Photo expedition to cemetery on Thursday. Whee!
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