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A&E.A re: response to Tiffany Kee

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Lisa Berber (lberber)
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 11:17:30 -0700 (MST)

A belated response regarding an issue that Tiffany Kee raised -- that is
the issue of public control and influence on a public works sculpture.
She asks, "How much does the artist have to compromise if the public does
not accept the work?". It's a fact that you cannot please all of the
people all of the time, so there would obviously be some who like the work
and some who oppose it due to their own individual beliefs and
interpretation of the work. However, since the question asks about the
artist having to possibly compromise, it seems to me that since artists
produce their works with meaning behind them, then the artist is free to
only compromise an amount that will not change that meaning. In some
cases, that may mean not changing it at all, which in turn may make it
ineligible to be a public works piece. This is a struggle that artists of
every genre experience when they are ready to go public. The slightest
change may bring acceptance and fame and monetary rewards, but the artist
may feel removed from it and prefer not to compromise their artistic

Sounds simple, but I've never personally been in that type of situation
so if anyone out there as, I'd like to know of your experience.

Hope you get something out of this response, Tiffany.

Lisa B.---University of AZ

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