Weeks 4-5: Oh Beuys & Review of Bill Arning's essay

Review of reading assignment: Bill Arning's "Sure, Everyone might be an artist, but only one artist gets to be the guy who says that everyone else is an artist" from What we want is free, edited by Ted Purves.

Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler: Everyone is an artist dictum by Joseph Beuys.

What does Arning suggest are the benefits and drawbacks of seeing the artist as genius rather than equal?
Benefits: Museums are built, art is invested in, and the public has access to art.
Drawbacks: The public's creativity is seen as insignificant compared to that of the artist.

What does he suggest is the irony in works that blur the boundaries between art and life AND achieve great success?
They become canonized and separated, in museums and art institutions, from everyday life.
(read page 12, paragraph 3).

What examples does Arning give of staged situations between artists and the public that disrupt hierarchical relations between artist/audience?
A tour of Jim Hodges studio: Hodges instructed the studio tour group to each grab a favorite color crayon, and have someone mark his/her height on the wall. The subsequent slideshow was not of Hodges' work by rather colorful painted houses in Spokane, WA. Like Beuys' dictum, Hodges' presentation indicates that everyone makes creative decisions that shape their environment, even choosing a house paint color.

A tour of Elaine Tin Nyo's studio: Elaine greeted guests with homemade ice cream; prepared curried eggs (a childhood dish) as she described her family's political exile from Burma.

Alter egos mentioned: Joseph Beuys: page 11, 16

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