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As for the Brooklyn Museum show, the Mayor of New York personally
objected to a specific piece of art, thus drawing attention to the whole
show. When I discussed this with my advanced students they said "it
fits your definition of art, Mrs. H, the piece of work evoked a
reaction" (they know that that is one of my requirements of what art
is). But, I don't think the Mayor actually saw the piece. I have only
seen the piece in the New Yorker, and was quite shocked at what the
piece WASN'T! I did send an email to a talk show host who was ranting
and raving about the piece, but neglected to interview the artist who
created the piece to see what the artist's intent was. I called his
ranting over something he had not seen, and not interviewing the artist
Secondly, artists just make statements. Politicians just make
statements. Sometimes the two collide. The mayor should remember that
Hitler, a failed art student by the way, once said something like: It's
art when I say it's art.