Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A Response To Danto

Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 1958

What is the role of art in an age of 'moral indignation'?

Define activist art.

Is political art always activist?

Does beauty have a place in activist art?

Danto suggests both art and beauty have limitations as moral provocateurs. "The problem, as he sees it, is that when art designed to inspire moral response fails as art, it also 'fails morally, extenuated only by the good intentions of the artist'". pg 31

Pablo Picasso, Guernica, 1937

Eddie Adams' photograph of Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Nguyễn Văn Lém on February 1, 1968

Catherine Opie, Self Portrait/Nursing, 2004

Guerrilla Girls

Lacey Jane Roberts

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Perfect Lovers), 1987-90


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