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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Art Begets Art

Okay, I've said this forever.  And ever and ever.  And it seems like the simplest of ideas, but very often our politicians or our education systems or whatever don't get it.  But it's true.  Our art is what is remembered, and Art Begets Art.

I loved being the docent for the Kindergarten and the 3rd grade classes.  I learned VERY much about Renoir, Degas, Lautrec, and not telling 3rd graders when an artist dies of alcoholism, no matter WHAT the curriculum says about it being part of the presentation.  (Damn Lautrec anyway-- it's not like his name wasn't hilarious as well...)

So I'm proud of being a part of that--and today, when I met Sam and his mother and family (loveliest people ON the planet, bar none!) at the park with my children, I was also pleased that two different children knew me.  I was the "art lady" and Zoomboy and Squish were considered VERY lucky.

And then Chicken showed me her project from art (pictured above) which was inspired from this song and this show, and I thought that there is something to be said for passing on this value, that art is important and that our civilization is marked by our art and our literature and by the things that we are passionate about...



And that our idiot politicians can bicker about the rights of man all they want, but the rest of us?  We know that responding to art is one thing those morons can NEVER take away.

4 comments:

DecRaink said...

wow, love it! Please tell Chicken that her art rocks!

Also, the song is perfect :-)

Donna Lee said...

It's the art that literally stands the test of time. What are people interested in? The drawings and writings of people long past. No one cares for whom they voted, but what kind of art did they have? That's what we want to know.

Roxie said...

Chicken rocks! And yes, art transcends time and politics. If it's any comfort, art will happen with or without official support. We find ways to express ourselves, whether in exquisite baskets or cave paintings or jewelry or grafitti on the walls of Pompeii. Through all the ages and cultures, art insists on existing.

KnitTech said...

Yes, no fear for Chicken.