Is Art Distinct from its Artist?

Ta-Nehisi Coates asks, "How does one deal with finding out that one of your most beloved artworks was created by a man or woman whose personal behavior is (or was) odious? ... Art is (theoretically) eternal, but artists all wind up in the grave sooner or later. As a result, we should probably realize that there's an important distinction between the two, and that art ultimately exists independently of the human mind that gave it to the world. Extending that logic a bit more, you could even say that art is akin to an artist's child, and so we shouldn't blame the progeny for the sins of the parent."
comments powered by Disqus