OK.. This is the "Art in America" dialogue right? A response to my
recollections of early relationships to art?
"What Is Art", (WIA) is a fundamental question. There are just so darn
many legitimate answers (and of course contexts). First I'd want to ask
you: How do you see it as fundamental HERE?
I tend to think that there are almost as many "artworlds" as there are
people; and that, while the one which involves the great museums of
western culture and the big auction houses IS very significant, it is not
always the most significant or useful one to focus on with kids.
(especially to focus on it exclusively. I admit that might work for some
but not for me.)
I'd like to help each of my students come to some decision about what art
is, largely, for themselves, because they have to be prepared to live with
it. In this sense art is an "ethical" question. Not a moral one about good
and evil, but a question about what IS the "best" live to live and what
are the important things to have in it. Perhaps, to some extent and tho
it's far from a favorite question, each of us needs to understand -for
ourselves- WHY art is important in our lives.
Beyond a confidence about Art's personal meaning, I'd like each student to
recognize that the perspective of the kid next to her or the docent at the
museum may or may not be personally useful at any given time. What I'd
really like most is that, no matter WHAT Art is for any particular
individual, the individual is involved in Art, of some degree, on a daily
basis, that it has become a basic concept and a touchstone.
Does this further the dialogue?
> Keep the dialogue going. Discussing " What is Art" is the fundamental