Saturday, November 12, 2005

Stuffed Armadillos?

By the time an aesthetic movement is named, its players grouped into a school, does it no longer exist? Has it become an object in a museum, a stuffed armadillo, manipulated to suggest movement, but lifeless?

By trying to name the movement does the namer, like Adam, try to take control of the named, or try to create a community, a safe place for the schooled? Are both possibilities a danger to art?

By naming it is it now historical? Has it become something outside the named, something to be claimed by anyone?

2 Comments:

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about when it is named by those that are actually in it? Many artists are very conscious about both what they are creating and others who are creating in a similar vein.

 
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