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Re: Feces Painting Divides Art Lovers

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ricki fromkin (fromkinr)
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 07:05:11 -0400

Joseph Augusta wrote:
> RWilk85411 wrote:>>
> > Exactly my thoughts Ricki. I frequently tell my students that neither the
> > subject nor the medium make any difference in the quality of their work.
> Then you're certainly at odds with the great media/sociologist guru Marshall
> McCluhan who pronouced that *the medium is the message*!
> In other words--what else is there to say about contemporary art other than its
> subject matter and its vehicle of expression? Quality? That's a gray area
> beyond the reach of most individuals contemporaneous with the artist, whose work
> may be yet too esoteric or strange to be understood---as is the case with most
> artists who push the envelope of expression---rather than work in more
> established traditions.
> Best wishes,
> Joseph

I guess then I am at odds with the "great" Mr. McCluhan. I always
thought that art was a subjective experience. Why do you believe that
quality is such a gray area pertaining to contemporary art? Wouldn't
you say that the Super Realist work of Richard Estes is "quality"?