I look forward to hearing about the fruits of your reading, J.
As regards the "relinquishing of blame" for the public's interpretations
or reactions to an artist's work. I'm sure Stravinsky would agree as
his first performance of "Le Sacre du Printemps" (on a piano yet!)
literally caused a riot in the theater; I'm sure this wasn't his message
But, except perhaps for joseph, artists create to communicate something,
whether or not they are clear on what exactly the message is (a lot of
graffiti, I think, falls under this category), and I think that they are
responsible for the message they are trying to communicate. Along with
this "communication" must come an intent to evoke something in the
audience. If it is my intent to produce anger, sorrow, love, joy AND I
accomplish this, then I think that I am in some part responsible for
producing the reaction which was my intent.
Hi. Curious. I was thinking that Joyce referred to the artist's
resistance to accept "blame" for interpretations placed upon or
reactions to the artwork -- sort of a relinquishing of control. I'm not
sure if I agree, but I'm going to bring home a copy of Portrait of the
Artist as a Young Man when I next make a run to the library. Thanks for
nudging me to include summer reading other than travel books or Brit.
mysteries. J. <mailto:J.@lists.getty.edu>