For the June/July issue of Art in America, Rirkrit Tiravanja was asked to make art that the readers could remove from the magazine and keep.
Tiravanija is a conceptual artist who's art is considered relational.
So is his postcard sized piece with the words
"Where is Al Weiwei" art???
I read the editor's letter explaining the removable art.
Then I read the article on Rirkrit Tiravanija. Still not getting it at all.
Next I read, also in the same issue, a piece on Al Weiwei. It turns out that Weiwei is a Chinese artist that is considered to be their Andy Warhol with a political kick. He is openly critical of the Chinese government. On April 3, as he was boarding an airplane for Hong Kong Weiwei was arrested. For now the artist is a missing Chinese dissident.
I think because China is becoming such a "global player" their human rights record has faded from our minds. I applaud Tiravanija and Art in America for bringing Al Weiwei's story to our attention.
Back to the question, is a few powerful words on a piece of paper art?
Every ad on Madison Ave. has to be high art in that case.
What and who defines art these days?????
( I will admit that half the art presented in Art in America makes my blood boil and I wonder who made the dicision to classify it as good art.
I understand the concept of art not being just decorative, but come on.)