final ludicrous monument
Post #499 • March 23, 2005, 7:28 AM • 16 Comments
Well, I have a debating point - this book is the final ludicrous monument to an intellectual corruption that has filled contemporary museums and the culture they sustain with a hollow and boring, impersonal chatter. Art has been lost in a labyrinth of theory. If this sounds anti-intellectual, let me clarify. There is no good work of art that cannot be described in intelligible English, however long it might take, however much patience is required. And yet this book begins with four theoretical essays explaining the post-structuralist concepts the authors believe we need before we can meaningfully discuss a single work of art. It is the supreme expression of an art culture that sneers at "empiricism" as a dirty word.
He even ends with a quote from Leonardo. Fun reading! And further evidence that my decision not to pursue a PhD in Art History was a good one.