When Did This Become Art?

Andy Rooney never minced words. In this clip, he dissed and dismissed all sorts of public art, including Cincinnati’s own Big Pig Gig.

4 thoughts on “When Did This Become Art?

  1. Fascinating! From the photos, the sort textures of the plantings really do seem to complement the hard lines of the sculpture and building without hiding the artwork. I wonder how much of the change in people’s responses is due to the softer landscaping, and how is due to getting used to the sculpture being there.

  2. My definition of art has always been, “does it promote discussion?”
    So by his act of discussing how it isn’t art, he’s made it art.
    BTW, he picked out a lot of stuff that is easy to scoff at.

  3. I think that’s a really broad generalization. Plenty of things that aren’t art promote discussion, and I would argue that there is also art that doesn’t promote discussion. For instance, I love Rothko’s work, and it has a deeply emotional impact on me, but I don’t really have anything to say about it.

    In any case, I tend to disagree with Rooney [with what he said in this clip an in general], but I respect his having been the resident curmudgeon on Sunday nights for such a long time. His grumpy critiques were pointed and amusing, even when I didn’t agree.

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