the importance of being artist

nov 2011 – venice biennale

why is art so important? after all, isn’t it high-cost, low gain, only in order for the (cultural) elite to be entertained? and wasn’t oscar wilde right when he wrote that ‘all art is quite useless’? or is it just, as again wilde put it, ‘the only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely’? was he making a joke, or was he serious? this year’s Biennale theme will tell.

the importance of being artist

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