Friday, April 25, 2008

Ceci n'est pas a painting

You can only wonder why artist Luc Tuymans agreed to participate in this witless experiment on context conducted by Belgium’s art radio and tv channel. Their question: “what if you take art out of its usual context and expose it in the street – would people even notice it?" Um… let us think for a moment …. er…. no.
The results? Of the 2856 people who walked by the painting Luc Tuymans had created on a concrete wall, only 107 stopped to look at it. Hey, we’ve got an idea. If you put a pile of road working equipment in the middle of an art gallery, would people stop to consider it seriously as art?