Gallery sticks it to artist – The Other Side –

hmm… yes, just what IS art anyway?? I remember several years ago going to an exhibition of modern art in the Brisbane Gallery and looking at pieces of aluminum tinsel squashed into balls and thrown into a box alongside a number of metal paper clips scattered onto a piece of cardboard and wondering that very thing to myself.

As a form of individual protest and I began looking at the illuminated fire exit signs, loudly admiring them for their artistic endeavour. Much to my amusement other people stopped and studied them also.

ONE of Britain’s most prestigious art galleries put a lump of stone on display, topped by a twig, in the mistaken belief it was a work of art.

The Royal Academy included the stone and the stick in its summer exhibition in London.

But the stone was actually a plinth and the stick was there to prop up a sculpture. The sculpture itself had been rejected after it was deemed unworthy of inclusion in the exhibition.

The academy explained the error by saying the plinth and the head were sent to the exhibitors separately.

“Given their separate submission, the two parts were judged independently,” it said in a statement. “The head was rejected. The base was thought to have merit and accepted.”

Artist David Hensel, 61, took it in stride: “It shows up not just the tastes of the selectors but also their unawareness. What pleases me, though, is that it gives a lot of people the chance to think about what art is.”

Reuters, AP

article here