Thursday, October 07, 2004

Beauty is truth, truth beauty

From this news story on a controversial piece of art:

". . . the role of today's artists is not to produce things of beauty to satisfy but to ask questions on burning issues."

Why is this the role of today's artists? What makes artists uniquely qualified to do this? Are they not perhaps more qualified to produce things of beauty? This sort of false dichotomy is what drove me out of art classes.
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