If Great Art is Dead, Who Cares?

in the words of Ellen Dissanayake: If we now abandon the ideology (or religion) of art that temporarily replaced the ideology of religion, is it enough for us to replace both of these – religion & art – with wit, in the form of clever humor, clever amusements, and with-it-ness? Our abandonment of false truths…

Art and Transformation

Today I’m reading Ellen Dissanayake. Yesterday I received two of her essays in my mailbox; Orphans and a Dog: Art and Transformation & If Great Art is Dead, Who Cares? I knew her topics would interest me, but I had no idea her writing would be such a pleasure to read. Here’s a snip from…

WHAT’S THE POINT OF IT?

Ok, by now we all know I really wanted to become a fan of Alain de Botton, but that my inauguration failed. I do not, it turns out, believe that art is therapy. I do believe art can have therapeutic, or palliative qualities, but I do not believe its a good idea to replace my psychoanalyst with a work of…