art in australia...
The purpose of art is complex... Some people think it's to put pretty pictures on walls... or to glorify Stalin or the Duke of Wellington in oil... Being an artist is a job using representative skills and value judgement of interpretation. Many skills are often needed to be good. Some of the value judgements may be right or wrong, deliberate or accidental. But a lot of art is designed to challenge long established perceived ideas, including the self-worth of itself.
New worthwhile ideas can be hard to come by. Fighting old established prejudices is slightly easier — this is why I "do cartoons" as well as being an "artist". Art often carries a message, that can be uncomfortable for all of us and for the artists themselves.
Here, we have to come to terms with the petulance of artistic expression while rejecting the arrogant petulance of a George Brandis. I am prepared to believe that Brandis never understood "art". Who does anyway? What is art? Everyone has a view on it. But there is a strange status quo about the illusion of integrity and purpose in the social value of art.
Like sports athletes at the Canberra sporting training facilities need governmental money for a victory at the end of a 100 metres, art is the same and also needs government help, but where it differs from sports, art does not win anything but a value judgement, sometimes with a prize attached to it. Let's say that in many art competitions it's the same old heads who get a gong, because the establishment people who judge the contest are often unprepared for the new and rising languages of art and those who get the accolade are often a notch above.
And to say the least, there is a lot of artistic crap out there. BUT THERE IS A LOT OF GREAT UNRECOGNISED ART as well.
In the same breath, one could ask the other question: has Senator Brandis ever understood science beyond making bad smells in a school lab? I believe not. I could be wrong... But in many more ways than not, ART AND SCIENCES are intertwined with philosophy. The Abbott Regime having disbanded the government "philosophy unit" and the "climate council", one can see a governmental finger twitching on a trigger to kill off the last intellectual target: the arts...
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