Comments: Fandom

Oh, I actually think this is a really good idea, it'll get a lot of people to appreciate (and want to find out more about) the original after their interactive experience with the copy. But then, I've been involved in various fandoms my entire adult life, so what do I know? :)

Posted by Elayne Riggs at September 3, 2003 06:48 AM

Well, so have I, but I'm proud to say I've never lost my amateur status. :)

Seriously, a Monet is a Monet, no matter what subject the artist chose to paint each time.

This guy could have made dioramas of anything and no one would have cared. It's only because he's choosing famous paintings that anyone is taking him seriously. If it's not "art" without riding on Renoir's or Monet's coattails, then it's not art. It's just a gimmick.

IMO, of course.

Posted by Anne at September 3, 2003 07:50 AM

I completely agree with your summation of what amounts to fandom by Mr. Johnson. I actually work at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. This same show was presented to our Exhibitions committee by a former interim director, they turned it down unanimously. After seeing this show and the reviews it has garnered, I can say quite honestly, thank god we didn't get saddled with Mr. Richy Rich's latest endeavor. I would refer you all to the art review by Washington Post art critic, Blake Gopnik, I think he accurately captures the spirit of the show, or is it lack of?

Posted by Shauntelle at October 2, 2003 12:50 PM