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Subject: Re: The Met Art Gallery - Cio Cio San as a Lesbian
From: Patricia Fosen <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:=?windows-1252?Q?Patricia_Fosen?= <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 30 Sep 2006 08:23:42 -0400

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From Isaac Alan:
>"Art should shock and art should make one think, be vexed, amused etc. this
>is the primary function of art, sometimes it must disturb us also, unless
>one desires pretty pictures and decoration pieces only."

Wouldn't agree that art has a "primary function" or any function at all. It 
exists because someone was moved to create it.  Whether or not it's 
appreciated by others isn't a requisite.  However, what is requisite to art 
offered up to the public as important, selective, worth spending public 
charitable donations on, worthy for its patrons to experience as judged by 
an institution like The Met, is that there is on display an underlying 
craft or expertise or ability or skill in executing an artistic 
discipline that the common person doesn't have.  Just because someone 
does something using an artist's tools doesn't automatically make it 
artful. A loud noise isn't singing; it's just a loud noise. The fact that 
The Met has chosen not to display this picture on its website with the 
others from the exhibit is prima facie to the notion that they know its 
inappropriate for their audience.

Patricia Fosen

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