May 26, 2004
I've not seen Emin's tent. Now I never will. A shame, but conceptual art's a funny thing. It's the concept which is important, not the execution, so I'm not sure how much it matters.
I suspect that it matters rather a lot to Saatchi's insurers, though. ;-)
This morning's Metro (spit) referred to it as "Tracey Emin's Sex Tent", totally missing the point. Phillistines.
Update: Shame it wasn't this lot which went up in smoke. (Via The Old New Thing.)
Posted to But is it art? by Simon Brunning at May 26, 2004 12:35 PM
I must confess that I honestly don't see much of this as any great loss. Conceptual it may be, but it seems to me that may such artists might make their point just as well with an image, where it's really interesting enough to bother putting it across at all... you can now call me a philistine, if you like!
You're a phillistine. ;-)
I *do* think it's a great loss. Well, a loss, at any rate. The tent may not have been the most profound piece in the World, but Emin had something to say, and she said it in her own way. She's not a painter or a photographer, so she *couldn't* have expressed herself with an image. An artist must be free to pick their media.