17 November 2008

The Perfect Painting

Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid are two Russian émigré artists who, booted out of their own country for subversion, undertook to test American tolerance as well. They devised a survey of artistic taste upon which they then based their rendition of the perfect painting, as based on public preferences. The result? Meh. As Louis Menand put it, "They set out to find the visual lowest common denominator, and the work they produced . . . is preposterous even as kitsch. It tells us as much about art as a single dish combining all the flavors people said they liked would tell us about cuisine." But surely it does not fail as satire. More results for other countries here.

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