Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art? To spend money on it?
Funny you should ask because I recently met my mother at a local art gallery for lunch and we had a bit of a laugh as we wandered about looking at the displays.
I don’t understand a lot of art, I need my art to be straight forward like the Archibald, I don’t understand things like a pile of bananas in the middle of the room. Which is why I didn’t really understand this one exhibit that we saw. Sorry for the poor quality but I didn’t know if I was allowed to take photos but it was so silly I had to. Just three little sets of underwear on the wall and I stood in front of it and pondered it for a while and it was cute and I’d probably hang it on my wall for its cuteness but I haven’t a clue what it means.
I saw this funny thing on tv once about those people who walk around art galleries spouting knowledge and opinion about what the artists are saying and whether these experts knew bugger all about what they were talking about. So they got this elephant to paint a picture, he held the brush with his trunk and slapped some paint about and then they hung it in a gallery and filmed people standing in front of it discussing what it meant and represented and honestly there was only one person who stood there and laughed and said it was rubbish.
Mind you it was excellent for an elephant though.