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MEANING

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Kevin Hall (kehall)
Tue, 09 Feb 1999 21:45:22 -0700


Several of the recent contributions focusing on the subject of "size
and meaning" have been quite thought provoking. Relating to meaning,
Rosa mentions that there is no correct answer which allows many
wonderful thought paths. I couldn't agree more. However, there always
seems to be experts who profess that they know the intent and meaning
behind an artist's work.
This brings to mind a recent article in the LA Times (probably at least
four weeks ago) centering on the traveling Van Gogh exhibit. Although I
will be the first to admit I know very little about art compared to
others (I teach sixth grade English and social studies), I do greatly
appreciate art; but I don't always understand it. I guess this would
signify that the "meaning" is not always clear to me. Anyway, the
article indicated that much of Van Gogh's art
had religious meaning; supposedly he was influenced by pious members of
his family who were very important to him. Has this particular
viewpoint of Van Gogh's paintings always been widely accepted? OR Is
there a group of individuals who agree with this viewpoint, thus making
it an appropriate interpretation of the meaning of Van Gogh's work? Is
this what happens when something is given meaning when a majority
agree? This goes along with a question posed by Brenda Jones this past
weekend, "Are there people who have more 'weight' when it comes to
determining meaning?" This is just one example, I am sure there are
other examples like this one throughout the art world.
I look forward to feedback on some of these questions!

Ellen Hall


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