How accessible is art?

Question: How accessible is art?

Robin Cembalest: I don’t know that is follows that just because there are more biennials and more fairs and more artists from around the world whose work is being sent to more places that the art itself is more accessible.

Question: How can art become more accessible?

Robin Cembalest:
See, again it depends what you mean by accessible, because again there is some art that’s made based on a theory or based on a understanding of certain issues or based on the idea that if you have to read the wall label to really know the back story. There is other art that’s made to communicate with the larger, general public. Well, perhaps because of certain qualities that has, formal qualities in terms of the color, the shape, whatever. People get out of it, whatever they get out of it the same way when you go to the opera even though you don’t understand the opera, you are get something our of sitting there

Recorded: 1/14/08


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