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Bk Ray

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Subj: Re: The case for making a distinction between art and artist
Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 at 02:18:22 pm CDT (Viewed 439 times)
Reply Subj: Kevin Spacey and Chris Benoit
Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 at 03:36:58 pm CDT (Viewed 544 times)


    If someone does something very bad, but they are a fantastic performer, can you both admire them and destest them?

I'd word this a bit differently. I have no problem admiring the work of very bad people. I can detest the person but love the art. Roman Polanski engaged in statutory rape, but Chinatown is a masterpiece of cinematic art regardless. Pablo Picasso was a womanizer, but Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and Guernica are still amazing. Richard Wagner was an anti-Semite and racist, but the Ring Cycle contains some of the greatest music ever written. If art had to be evaluated based on the personality or morality of the artist, then art wouldn't make sense anymore.All people have flaws, and the more you learn about someone the more flaws you will uncover. So when you go to a museum, can you only evaluate everything you see only after you go digging through the artists' personal lives. Only after declaring the artist a good person, are you allowed to like or dislike the work? That would be absurd. And if the outside behavior of the artist affects the judgment of the artist's work, shouldn't your own behavior compromise you as a judge? If you murdered somebody, wouldn't it be hypocritical for you to judge a work poorly because the artist murdered somebody? Then are only morally good people allowed to judge art? But how good are you or I really?

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