Re: Artist/craftsman


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Posted by Sarah Jasmijn on July 9, 2002 at 08:49:18:

In reply to: Artist/craftsman posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 8, 2002 at 22:29:48:

Hi,

Hmmmm, one thing to remember when thinking
about what 'great artists' could have done with
henna:

: Standing in a museum, recently, I did stop
and wonder what Van Gogh,
: Munch, Reubens, and others
would have done with a cone of henna. Lord
: knows they
could do more than that row of PPD-slingers with crap
flash
: taped to the bricks on Cornmarket.

It
would depend a lot on how snobbish they are about the
art/craft divide, for one thing. I think that schism is
pretty recent, and very western. If you look at Japanese
art/craft, it isn't nearly as divided, and craft is not
nearly as devalued, as far as I can tell.

Also,
definitions of 'art' have changed so much over time (and
are still changing). There are so many preconceptions
about art, about what it is and isn't, what it's supposed
to be, etc. it's hard to know if to people are talking
about the same thing when they talk about art and what it
means.

Cheers,

Sarah Jasmijn

 


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