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So... this Christo thing in Central Park. Pardon my lowbrow ignorance, but what the fuck? I know that "art" is a subjective term, but we're talking about a bunch of orange curtains hanging in the park for a couple of weeks. That's Christo's style. Put up a bunch of fabric over a gigantic amount of space and call it art. Well.. I'm disagreeing. I don't think it's art. I'd love for someone who does think it's art to tell me what the value of it is for them. What do you get out of a piece such as that? How does it make you feel? What emotions does it stir?

If I were a New Yorker, my reaction would be this: If you want to spend $20 million dollars on something for the city, why not start fixing some of these damn potholes? You can fill them in with orange concrete if you want. Would that be art, too? It certainly would be useful, that's for sure. Better yet, why not give the $20 million to public school art programs? You might then open some doors for people who have the capacity to create actual works of art.

Don't get me wrong... I'm all for large-scale weirdness or even shenanigans in public spaces, but this just seems wasteful and it not very creative or moving. Wow. You took a whole bunch of fabric and hung it up. Brilliant.


Feb. 17th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
I forgot to say the thing that is costing the city money is the 24-hour survelliance by the NYPD.

So, while another young actress gets shot in the Lower East Side, the police are watching the curtains blow in the wind.