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November 17, 2009

Why teach art?

“We need to create a new national consensus. The purpose of arts education is not to produce more artists, though that is a byproduct. The real purpose of arts education is to create complete human beings capable of leading successful and productive lives in a free society.”

From the Wall Stree Journals opinion section, “In The Fray,” Dana Gioia’s condensed version of his June 17, 2007 commencement address to Stanford University, entitled “The Impoverishment of American Culture” (WSJ: July 19, 2007 ). Dana Goia is chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

I urge everyone to read it. If you care at all about art, it will resonate. Here’s another teaser, the last paragraph:

“Art delights, instructs, consoles. It educates our emotions. And it remembers. As Robert Frost once said about poetry, “It is a way of remembering that which it would impoverish us to forget.” Art awakens, enlarges, refines and restores our humanity.”

Now, find your congressional representatives at congress.org and tell them to boost funding for the arts.

November 12, 2009

Pop Art or Irony?

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Here’s an interesting riff on the distinction between pop art and commercial art, its irony, its blurriness, and its profitability.

Beware, it focuses on Warhol. (More Warhol? His stuff swirls ubiquitous, again. Isn’t it a bit shallow to perpetually toss Warhols around as a demonstration of our modern art savvy? It’s the prices they fetch, right?)

Here’s the story (from Joong Ang Daily): Where is the ‘popular’ in pop art?

(source: Reuters)

(source: Reuters)