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Can art corrupt?; or, Changing the subject

Can art corrupt?

Well, can art transform us?

Is it art if it doesn’t?

Is the object art, or is art what happens in the making of and in the being changed by the object?*

This transformation – for good or ill – is always live, always new, always subjective. This subjectivity is not The Death of the Author: it is The Resurrection of the Artist.

*It seems to me that these are almost the same thing – the artist changes their materials, and is themselves .changed in the process

See also:

Who Says?
James Carse on culture as art
New Wave: the Hybrid Hokusai
Prussian Blue
The aesthetics of Kurosawa and Disney: Composing Movement
Katherine Rundell on the aesthetics of language: form and substance
Stan Lee (1922-2018) – What If?
Utagawa Hiroshige and Jakob Nielsen: Art vs Design
David Bayles and Ted Orland on art, saints, superheroes and (closing) the skill – taste gap
Neal Stephenson on Speaking Arrangements; Art and Artists; Correspondence and Productive Writing
Ira Glass on the skill – taste gap (1)
Writing and Reading (and visual art) as Technology (9): Virtual Realities

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