13 June 2008

Is Art a Battleground?

Some questions I have, as a response to a recent article:

What makes art offensive?

Is it the content?

Is it inherent in perception?

In presentation?

What is an appropriate response to being offended by art?

Is art that offends bad art?

When we are offended by art, ought we reflect why?

At what point does patronage become responsibility?

Who is held responsible for offense taken, artist, viewer, or sponsor?

What is the purpose of art?

Should art always offend?

Should art never offend?

What is the nature of taking offense?

What is the role of art in society?

What is the role of Christianity?

What is the role of art in Christianity?

What is the role of Christianity in art?

Should patrons of art be disallowed anonymity if they sponsor something considered objectionable?

How should art be funded?

Can art be more or less Christian?

What does it mean for Christianity when it no longer produces art?

What does it mean for art to be for or against Christianity?

Can art be Christian?

Can Christianity be artful?

Sorry, no answers this time.


Mel said...

Art aside, Russo makes an interesting point that Christianity seems to be a legitimate target, even among Christians (myself included).

It may not be entirely possible to answer any of the questions you pose because of the subjectivity of art. Cranfill proved this point when he commented on the light pole covered in bicycles.

In my general opinion, all art bears some significance-even if only to the artist who creates it. I may not derive any meaning from a particular piece or even care for it at all, but I think it may bear some inherent legitimacy in the sheer fact that it was created. It was born out of something that was of some importance to the creator. At that point, who cares whether I like it or not?

Scottish said...

Feh... bicycles...


But seriously. Yeah, it's a cop-out, but I agree that there are probably no absolute answers of any of those questions, with the possible exception of "Can Christianity be artful?" I think the answer to that is a resounding yes. (Unless the definition of artful is contested...)