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Re: meaning/size

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Henry Taylor (taylorh)
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 08:20:09 -0700


>When I was thinking about Crazy Horse, my mind hesitated at Mt. Rushmore
>and then dismissed it as non-art because it has always seemed to me to be a
>tacky P.R. gimmick.

By the same token, it CAN be easy to dismiss most of what's happened in the
post-medieval artworld as tacky urban egoism. Similarly P.R. and gimmicky.

Crazy Horse project is not my particular cup of tea either. But in the
context of "outsider art" it's awesome!!!

My central context in art turns out to be indigenous and folk arts. But, I
cannot abandon modernism or protomodernism (renissance onwards) primarily
because its the art culture I grew up in. Probably most of what you really
appreciate in Western art I find to be "nice but..." I've ended up as a
contextualist in a way. I approach appreciation of a thing by trying to
understand a context for it. Maybe I cannot enter fully the original context
but there is always a context nearby that I can access.

Crazy Horse seems to fit my idea of the Outsider Art context. Against that
background it's pretty impressive even if, personally, I'll probably never
really be totally crazy for it.

2-cents worth

-henry