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From Scruton's The great swindle - From pickled sharks to compositions in silence, fake ideas and fake emotions have elbowed out truth and beauty:
Faking depends on a measure of complicity between the perpetrator and the victim, who together conspire to believe what they don’t believe and to feel what they are incapable of feeling. There are fake beliefs, fake opinions, fake kinds of expertise. There is also fake emotion, which comes about when people debase the forms and the language in which true feeling can take root, so that they are no longer fully aware of the difference between the true and the false. Kitsch is one very important example of this. The kitsch work of art is not a response to the real world, but a fabrication designed to replace it. Yet both producer and consumer conspire to persuade each other that what they feel in and through the kitsch work of art is something deep, important and real.
Anyone can lie. One need only have the requisite intention — in other words, to say something with the intention to deceive. Faking, by contrast, is an achievement.
Beware anyone in the arts who gives even a nod or a whisper to "starting a conversation" about something as their justification for doing something stupid - what art is, or beauty, or society, or the American way of life, or whatever.
It means what they really want to do is talk, not create art.
Assistant Village Idiot
Very interesting piece, a nice intro into a slice of 20th C philosophy of art.
I'm a big fan of artrenewal.org (and a bit surprised Maggie's hasn't given them a free ad along the way).
They too are critical of modern art, but believe it flourished for a much more cynical reason: it was fast to produce and let dealer sell more and make more money.