“Lobotomized by Rage”

Vincent lobotomized

Detail from Photo Illustration by Tracy Ma.

Maybe it’s always been naïve to think about culture in a moral vacuum. Art comes from someplace and brings with it at least a little of wherever it has come from or whoever has made it. Why not keep those things in mind as you consume it? It also feels important not to let those considerations consume you.

(Wesley Morris, “Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice?,” NYTimes Magazine, 10-2-18)

(c) 2018 JMN.

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to “Lobotomized by Rage”

  1. Eric Wayne says:

    The answer to the question the title of the article poses is, “Hell no, art has intrinsic merit outside of whichever radical political agenda and its narrow ideology.” The idea that art should or must serve a political agenda is quite comfortable with notions of “degenerate art” as well, and part of the justification for censoring art that counters or is oblivious to the political agenda at hand. But I haven’t read the article. I’m pretty sure I’d shred it.

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