Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"I believe, nothing counts as a work of art unless it was intended to be one."

Nothing counts as a work of art until it is seen as one. Duchamp named a urinal, he did not produce it. Acting first as audience staring at an object, he then chose to proclaim his tastes in public. By this author's logic, a professor of philosophy can name himself a Philosopher, when that title is properly conferred only by history.

BUT PHILOSOPHY IS A SCIENCE NOW, AND NOT AN ART.

So if a philosopher is like a chemist, what's a historian?

I made the first point as a comment on the link and it's been removed, twice.
Arrogance must be earned.

2 comments:

ECS said...

Intentions of an audience can count as well as that of producer.

the intent in presenting Fountain is complex presumably.

D. Ghirlandaio said...

Duchamp recognized the urinal as a cast porcelain figure of a woman. The 19th century is full of such things, but he just cut to the chase: A urinal is shaped like a vagina and you stick your cock in both.

Freud might say the industrial designer understood this somewhere in the back of his mind- even as intention- but I'd still say Duchamp's work as the audience for the urinal takes precedence