Monday, September 25, 2006

It's Art Not Propaganda

In a recent interview in Per Contra, Eric Fischl responded to a question about art and politics.

PC ":The poet Shelley said that poets were the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” Does this go farther than you expect artists to go? Can you articulate the line between art in the service of an ideal and propaganda?

EF: To paraphrase James Joyce who said of pornography ( and this applies to propaganda as well ); Pornography is anything that tries to sell you something.

Art does not try to sell you anything."

The interview with Eric Fischl also touches on his bronze sculpture, in response to 9-11, "Tumbling Woman."