Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Missing the point on "art"

I know Anne's a former teacher, but I'm guessing that since she so devoted to George Bush, she probably goes more with her gut than bothering to open up large books like the dictionary or trying to understand differing points of view.

She takes John Yarmuth to task for calling a picture of the Virgin Mary made of elephant dung "art."

Webster's defines art as:

the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also : works so produced

If Anne had read the article, she'd have realized that it was a commentary on politicians making issues where there are none. The portrait, under the definition above, definitely is art. John doesn't call it good or great. And he doesn't say it is something he would hang on his wall. One of the points he makes, and one that any parent or former teacher should appreciate, is that openly criticizing this work as offensive, you wind up drawing more attention to the exhibit in question, and have more people going to the exhibit just to see what you criticized.

By taking this comment out of context, Anne's trying to make it look like John's somehow anti-Christian or anti-Catholic. This is something that his personality, his record, and his columns don't support. Shame on Anne for trying to play the religion card.

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