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But Is It Art?

7:30 AM -- This Reuters story tells you all you need to know about the state of Western Art:

    One of Britain's most prestigious art galleries put a block of slate on display, topped by a small piece of wood, in the mistaken belief it was a work of art.

    The Royal Academy included the chunk of stone and the small bone-shaped wooden stick in its summer exhibition in London.

    But the slate was actually a plinth -- a slab on which a pedestal is placed -- and the stick was designed to prop up a sculpture. The sculpture itself -- of a human head -- was nowhere to be seen.

    "I think the things got separated in the selection process and the selectors presented the plinth as a complete sculpture," the work's artist David Hensel told BBC radio.

    The academy explained the error by saying the plinth and the head were sent to the exhibitors separately.

    "Given their separate submission, the two parts were judged independently," it said in a statement. "The head was rejected. The base was thought to have merit and accepted.

    "The head has been safely stored ready to be collected by the artist," it added. "It is accepted that works may not be displayed in the way that the artist might have intended."
Unruffled British aplomb is hard to beat.

Are we post-post-modern yet?

— Larry, Ceci n'est pas un Monkey, Light Reading

Michael Harris 12/5/2012 | 3:51:27 AM
re: But Is It Art? Perhaps the gallery utilized the same unionized installers forced upon vendors at telecom trade shows? If so, perhaps they will elaborate on their techniques. This minimalist aesthetic could serve to improve the visual appeal and accuracy of many booth displays.

The gallery goofed by placing a "block of slate on display, topped by a small piece of wood, in the mistaken belief it was a work of art."

Some vendors seem to make a similar faux pas, placing a product on a pedestal in the mistaken belief that they will actually ship it to customers some day.
sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:51:27 AM
re: But Is It Art? Have you ever seen David Hensel's work? The plinth and stick is actually an improvement.
Larry, Monkey 12/5/2012 | 3:51:27 AM
re: But Is It Art? Yes, it turned out to be quite attractive, after they removed that piece of crap someone had stuck on it.
sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:51:25 AM
re: But Is It Art? So, if you were Hensel at this point, would you hang up your chisel and take a job in sales or would you start manufacturing plinth and stick sculptures?
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