by Greg Mayer
I think Jerry’s en route now, so here’s something to occupy us while there’s a brief hiatus in posting.
The New York Times reports today that an abstract art work being displayed at a mall in Seoul was “vandalized” by two passerby. As part of the art work, brushes and open cans of paint were displayed in front of it. The couple assumed it was a participatory display, and joined in.
The artist, John Andrew Perello, was angered, and said it reminded him of how the graffiti he put up while a youngster in New York was not appreciated. Perello began his career as a tagger in New York.
The questions to be discussed are:
- Was this vandalism?
- Who is the better artist, Perello or the couple?
- Was the vandalism invited by Perello so as to generate publicity (and hence increase the value of his art)?
- Can you spot the vandalism?
The answers are
- No. I agree with the South Korean police.
- The couple. They have said a lot more with their modest additions than the original did.
- Probably not, since being talked about is the next to worst thing that can happen to a person.
- No, I couldn’t. (It is visible in the picture above.)
Feel free to disagree!