If I wasn't hungry and sleepy I'd jump in with a big diatribe on the nature of art, beauty, and etc, but as it is I'll just submit this link.
I'll even summarize:
Artists submits a sculpture of a human head to a fancy art gallery for exhibition. Somehow the display stand and the sculpture itself are separated en route.
"Given their separate submission, the two parts were judged independently," ... "The head was rejected. The base was thought to have merit and accepted.
End result: The gallery puts a display stand on display.

Well, my respect for the art community just went way up. How 'bout yours? :)
Link: Art on Display
Annette, Thursday, 6-15-06 6:59 PM
re: Art
Here are some clips from a book about a piece of art. I think it accurately reflects the value of art, as judged by the art community. I sprinkle comments in among the quotes.

"The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things."
And if the critic can translate an object that isn't art (such as a display) into art, that's the sign of a great critic.

"No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style."
Good to know that an artist should try to exorcise ethical sympathy.

"Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art."

"It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors."

"Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital."
And here we have the justification for all of modern art. Though some of it really is art. I, of course, am the correct judge. *grin*

"We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless."

David, Saturday, 6-17-06 2:34 PM
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