Posted by: devinmoore | November 30, 2006

11/30/06 What is abstract art good for?

Anytime someone asks you a question about abstract art, you can go one of two ways. You can try to answer them based on generally accepted art history. If you do this, you open up the possibility for all sorts of debates. I personally have grown completely tired of any such debate. These debates almost always melt down into the fact that this person has decided that “good art” has a particular style (usually realism), and that they think abstract art is “bad” because it doesn’t represent the same technical framework that this “good” style uses. No matter how many times you try to tell them that comparing a Ferrari to a Hummer is equally impossible, they fail to see the connection, so you’re wasting your time. Thus, I propose the other possibility, a joke answer. When someone asks you a question about abstract art, a question that sounds like it is them leading you to a pointless debate about whether or not Picasso or someone could “paint well”, you can simply answer with “potato” and walk away. At least this is an abstract answer; if they don’t get the joke, then you know that any point you might have argued would have been lost anyhow.

So, the great question: what is abstract art good for? Potato.

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