Post #327 • July 21, 2004, 6:22 AM • 51 Comments
"What I have done is accept that the walls between art and science, culture and economics, art and politics have collapsed," said Mr. Dodd. "I have tried to work in the rubble of those walls and accept that the distinctions between those things don't exist any more."
My dad likes to say that you don't have to know exactly where to draw the line to see what's on the other side of it. Dodd's statement proves that the contemporary art world needs an infusion of common sense.
I have said before that I favor a wide, vague, open definition of art, but not so wide, vague, and open that it becomes synonymous with stuff. I'll add here that I oppose characterizing art as some kind of everything-ology that can't be distinguished from any other pursuit. Let's call the science, economics, politics in art science, economics, and politics, and deal with the art as art. (Scientists, economists, and political experts, by training, do the converse.) In all fields, the ability to make finer and finer distinctions characterizes increasing knowledge. Let's not give our brains away in the name of contemporaneity.