“Any sort of pretension produces mediocrity in life and in art.” Margot Fonteyn (from brainy quotes)
While walking around at a large art exhibit, (see “Voices”), my friend and I overheard various comments and opinions on the art. One conversation left us so puzzled that it continues to produce a smile even now. It was the perfect stereotype of a conversation many people, think goes on at an art exhibit.
Two people are standing in front of a large abstract painting. Each is holding a glass of wine while discussing the painting. As we leaned in to listen, one said to the other, “But is it ethically valid?” My friend and I looked back at the painting while trying to contain our confusion. “Huh?”
I’m thinking, “Hmmm. Ethical and valid. What does that have to do with this painting?” Maybe the title gave an indication but I couldn’t see the title. I lost track of the beauty of the piece in trying to figure what that statement could possibly mean in relation to the painting. I’m still shaking my head years later. Maybe others can enlighten me. I didn’t get it.
Evidently mom was right when she said, “Talking too much and eavesdropping can both have unintended consequences.” I didn’t realize at the time, she was referring to art.
Does art speak for itself?