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Comment posted on 24 October 2018
We have heard the phrase “one Mans meat is another Mans poison”. This sums up art, it’s subjective; what I see as a thing of inspiration or beauty, someone else may not. How many visitors wandering through the Tate Modern have been perplexed that a particular artwork has even been given floor space? I venture to suggest more than would admit it. Why is it that someone can be paid a vast sum to mount a display of sheep excrement and orange baler twine, yet someone else would be laughed at for such an exhibit? The further question arises; how does an artist reach the stage of being lauded for such work? Where is the talent? I think that when an artist reaches the stage of sensationalism, ie stringing up a slaughtered cow, it smacks of desperation. Anything to grab attention. What next? Where is the limit? I find it offensive and irritating.
There is a double standard where Banksy is concerned. What started off as someone with a serious political message to put across has now become commercial. His latest stunt of shredding a piece in the auction room has enhanced the value of that particular piece enormously. Big stunt, big bucks. He’s put his message across, time to stop before he loses his integrity.
Are there limits in art? Yes. When an artist resorts to sensationalism to maintain or acquire recognition.
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