John Waters answers an interviewer’s question about the art he collects.
“Besides liking the work, what guiding principles do you follow in collecting?”
It has to sometimes, at first, make me angry. It has to delight me and surprise me and kind of like, put me off a little bit at first, and then I embrace it. The kind of art I like is the one that makes people angry, that hate contemporary art — the ones that easily fall for the bait of it. I always go to that first… So to me, each one of these pieces relaxes me and makes me tense at the same time — which is what art should do. All art that works infuriates people at first.
(Melena Ryzik, “John Waters, the Man Who Brought Us Divine and Loves Brown Art,” NYTimes, 5-23-19)
Petulant style note: In reading the article’s title I had to pause for a moment to recall that “Divine” was an actor in Waters’s film “Pink Flamingos.” A set-off such as quote marks — “Divine” — or italics — Divine — would add clarity. Just saying, as they say.
(c) 2019 JMN