“Art is either plagiarism or revolution,” Marcel DuChamp said. It is possible that there are other categories. Art can be commerce, status, or fame. It can be self-expression or propaganda—it’s often hard to know what it is, that’s why critics get paid. We like to have someone mediate thoughts for us, and then we do the rest. We draw conclusions from other people’s conclusions as though this is passing for original thought. It’s a matter of convenience, at best. At worst it is a matter of mind control, willfully giving over our freedom to avoid dealing with the issues art raises.
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