So if you do the kind of summary work I encouraged in looking at the MAD MEN and CREATURE COMFORTS pieces. . . a few interesting points of tension emerge:
a) the role of human agency — art requiring purposeful, creative, novel action on the part of an individual or group
b) skill or mastery [think about last week’s good question: How do you get to call yourself a poet?]
c) the role of judgement by experts or authorizing bodies. .
d) the question of materials — e.g., language, “paint,” sounds, metal, wood, etc.
Here are two pieces that might complicate again your thinking and feeling about the range of art’s activity:
“What Remains on the Canvas” — about painter Wayne Gilbert
Roadside Kitsch from the WALL STREET JOURNAL