Sunday, August 14, 2011

The narrator/interviewer is the most annoying person here because he's the most conflicted. But by the end everyone involved comes off well, within their limitations. Cattelan is an artist in the Duchampian tradition, for an aristocracy comfortable with itself. You can criticize the world that made this possible, but it makes no sense to condemn the poetry, if only because the poetry gives us a fuller understanding of the world that produced it than simple reportage could ever do. The danger and the strength of art is that it fosters sympathy. That's why moralists and fascists from Plato onward disapprove.

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