I believe that art has a moral responsibility, that it must pursue something higher than itself. Art must be a part of life. It must exist in the domain of the common man. It must be an enriching, ennobling, and vital partner in the public pursuit of civilization. It should be a majestic presence in everyday life just as it was in the past.
Here are some of his sculptures:
I believe that art is the result of someone creating under an artistic impulse -- that's it. It doesn't need to be morally uplifting, offensive, shocking, or "make the viewer think" to be art.ReplyDelete
Didn't hear about him being liberal in his youth, but I've seen a few things from him that seem to indicate he took on a more conservative outlook in his later years (he eventually converted to Catholicism). Tom Wolfe's essay collection Hooking Up included a piece about him that gave an interesting assessment of who the man really was, and how that played into the art he created.ReplyDelete