Monday, April 5, 2010

Defining art: Poor Erykah Badu

Re: "Naked truth: Badu's latest video is more PR than art," by James Ragland, Wednesday Metro column.
Poor Erykah Badu. Rapidly approaching 40 in a youth-oriented, ever-changing industry, she tries to remain relevant by doing what countless women before her have done: she takes off her clothes and calls it art. Spare me the drama.
Then she has the audacity to link the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the alleged assassination of her personal character -- another exploit that's as tasteless as it is disgusting. Not too many people in the public arena care about her character or that of any other egomaniacal pop diva.
Unfortunately, she's acquired exactly what she wanted -- notoriety. Too bad she doesn't have the talent to match.

                                                                                                            Alejandro De La Garza, Plano
Bare Badu The creepy flasher who hangs around your kid's elementary school? The drunk urinating in your front yard? Artists! Who knew?
    Ernest R. Thomas, Grapevine
Try it at MLK site
I would be curious to ask Erykah Badu to take her message a step further and liberate herself at the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. -- and balance the need to appear nude at the memorial of another great man who encouraged black people to be free and live for themselves. This would be a true testament to her growth and freedoms.

Roberto Armendarez, Dallas

New Sculptural installation at Nasher Sculpture Center, Boolean Valley by architect Nader Tehrani and potter Adam Silverman will be on display until June 5, 2010. Shot Friday, March 12, 2010 in Dallas, TX. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram/ Max Faulkner) A guessing game ...

Re: "Bombs? Blooms? Artwork invites guesses -- An architect and a ceramist join forces for an installation that's a natural for the Nasher," Monday news story.
If I have to guess what art is, it becomes a puzzle -- not art.

Catie Morgan, Irving

... with unclear vision
Fifty years ago, a humanities professor told our class that "most of today's art is pure crap!" That comment still applies.
If art is in the eye of the beholder, it needs glasses.

No comments:

Post a Comment