The "Beauty is in the eye" bit is one of the most adulterated quotations of all time. It was originally printed as a reply from Toulouse-Lautrec to an Art Critic of the day, who critiqued one of his works... a painting of a man in a chair, paying attention to a woman in a state of being half-dressed. The Critic was appalled, "Pornography!! The man is watching the woman undress!!". Lautrec replied, "The occasion is the couple's twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary. The man is watching his wife *DRESS* prior to `going out on the Town' to celebrate." - and then, "The EVIL is in the eye of the beholder."Originally Posted by Wayne Lorimer
I personally do NOT like "elitists". However, I do not hold that "the judgement of the relative `rank' of a work is not possible" ONLY as a defense of some sort against elitism.
I've NEVER been able to discover a "final" answer to the qustion, "What *IS* Art". Not knowing the basiic construction or character of that which we call "Art" I have no idea where to place my "measuring index" ... where the heck do I start from?
"Value judgements can, and should be made about all things all the time."
I HAVE been known NOT to expend energy on the idea of "What's it worth", and just "enjoy". Is there something wrong with that?