If you follow art even very peripherally, odds are you’ve come across some work of art meant to push the boundaries of what can be classified as art. Many of these pieces are called “shock art,” but I’m not going to use the term because I’m referring to something a little broader than the subcategory specifically devoted to things that might be considered vulgar or gross.
I don’t find these pieces very compelling. It’s not that I don’t consider them art–I just don’t consider most of them good art, despite the fact that they make up, if not a majority, a solid portion of contemporary art. There are several reasons.
For one thing, the message is simply not that profound or original. “Is this art?” just isn’t that interesting of a question, and it has little, if any, reason to occupy so much of art when there are so many…
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