Monday, July 17, 2017

Is the Cartoon Now the Only Valid Form of Art?

The astonish thing about renaissance art is its photographic realism. Prior to photography, such realism made the works of Leonardo, Michael Angelo, Caravaggio and their peers and successors of great value. But with the advent of photography, realism in art ceased to be much appreciated. As a consequence, artists sought to depict what was surreal, abstract or entirely absurd, as for example the works of Picasso or Jackson Pollock, the latter consisting of paint merely thrown at a canvas.

Yet beside novelty, such art is of dubious value. What information does it provide? What pleasure does it give? To most people, very little it would seem.

Cartoons, however, are an exception, providing a medium for the most brilliant humor. The cartoon may thus, perhaps, be regarded as the only valid form of modern art.

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