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Pops

Posted in the art world by Paul Butzi on January 4, 2010

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I’ve been reading Pops, Terry Teachout’s biography of Louis Armstrong.

In the prologue, which Teachout titled “The Cause of Happiness” Teachout describes Armstrong as “a joyous genius who confounded his critics by refusing to distinguish between making art and making fun.”

Apparently if you’re a critic, Art is supposed to be serious stuff, not to be in the same room as making fun. If that’s so, then I think the critics are clueless.

With apologies to Oscar Wilde, artmaking is way too important to be taken seriously.

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  1. Ed Richards said, on January 4, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    The critics were probably hanging around with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker too much.


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