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Re: What is art - ad absurdum



Dear Mr. Luriete,

For a little levity:  given what we know now about Freud and his
abberations, I personally think that taking his advice about anything
is absurd.  May we say that art elevates.  Just looking at a
Rembrandt, a VanGogh; just hearing Mozart or Bach played; just
listening to Shakespeare's words, or Elizabeth Bishops elevates
my own particular heart and soul.  And it's their genius--- their
unique combination of idea translated into vision, their ability to
manipulate the materials they use, their transmuting old ideas into
new (for what is really new?) that do that to me.  Sorry, Andy
Warhol doesn't do it; nor Mick Jagger; nor any "roses are
red,violets are blue poet."  I want more, I want to be excited and
moved and lifted up to another level.

Bertha Rogers



Date sent:              Tue, 5 Sep 2000 13:09:57 -0700
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From:                   "j. l. t." <luriete@CSUS.EDU>
Subject:                Re: What is art - ad absurdum
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> The only way to any kind of consensus on this is to take Freud's advice.
> Art, like all human behavior, exists in a polymorphously perverse state;
> that is, anything that can be done will be done, and sure, it's still art.
> Foucault and Wittgenstein would say that anything that is called art is
> art, because what is art other than a label, a word, which defines itself?
>
> It's like trying to define God. I am not sure why we bother; just like
> trying to define God, we get further away from it the more we try to
> define it.
>
> Joshua Lurie-Terrell
> design and publications
> California State Senate
>
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