The real questions
Ok, I admit that when the discussion turns to the question “Is it Art” I get rapidly confused.
The consensus on the internet, now that everyone has finished gawking in enchanted wonder at it, seems to be that Michael Paul Smith’s photographs are NOT art. Amazing stuff, I thought.
I confess I am not sure why Smith’s photographs of carefully arranged scenes are NOT art, but Jeff Wall’s photographs of carefully arranged scenes are most definitely Art, and Elisabeth Bernstein’s wonderful “Scapes” are Art.
Box score: photographs of arranged scenes NOT art: 1, photographs of arranged scenes IS art: 2. Go figure. Cynical bastard that I am, I suspect in my heart of hearts that the answers here have a lot to do with whether the work is being sold in galleries or not.
The lesson I take away, here, is that when someone starts discussing the question “Is it Art”, we should immediately ask the following four questions:
- Where the hell did I put the camera?
- Which way do I point the camera?
- When do I do the shutter?
- Is that annoying person still yammering about “Is it Art”? If so, return to question 2.