[meteorite-list] Meteorite Sculpture by Katie Paterson

From: Peter Davidson <P.Davidson_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:03:55 +0000
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Thanks for this. I have seen this particular cartoon, and some similar ones, before. It doesn't quite respond to what I said below, dealing as it does with the notion of "art" as commodity. It is a kind of short, cartoon version of the story of "The Emperor's New Clothes". It does however express the way I personally feel about the art business (for that is what it surely is today) in that the value of any piece often seems to be in inverse proportion to its artistic merit (if any) and reflects what only a few, select people define as "cutting edge" or important. Thereby sending its valuation through the roof, while other artists struggle to survive. In the longer term, art critics, dealers and writers (as well as the public) will assess things differently based on the cultural milieu of the time. After all, in 1930's Germany, Hitler and the Nazi Party became the de facto arbiters of taste condemning many artists and their work (in all the fields of artist endeavour) as "entartete Kunst" (degenerate art) and
 confining their work to the bonfire and forcing the artists to comply or to flee. We now consider the work of these artists, musicians and writers as very important - maybe in a hundred years we will take a different view.


Peter Davidson
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Subject: [meteorite-list] Meteorite Sculpture by Katie Paterson

Here's an artistic take on that sentiment



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> I have always believed that it one of the purposes of art (among many other things) to challenge, shock and discomfort people and ideas by presenting the familiar in a new and unfamiliar way - to make people rethink their ideas and to challenge them to take stock of their old values.

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