June 6, 2020

I May Not Know Art, But I Know This Isn’t It

posted on: Thursday September 16, 2010

by Megan Costello ’12 / Commentary Staff

Feeling less interesting than a cabbage? Leading a meaningless and monotonous existence? If so, then it’s time for you to become aware of a life-altering movement: pretentious modern art. This movement is a necessity for any college student interested in enhancing his/her degree of sophistication. First off, it is critical to understand the essence of most modern art: an irrelevant work with a pretentious and convoluted title. Consider the work of Marcel Duchamp, an artist who achieved fame after rearranging a urinal and titling it Fountain. Following Duchamp’s absurd example, one finds infinite artistic subjects: a piece of used dental floss strung across a cubicle, remnants of a moldy toothpick, a doorknob covered in salt. Yes, the options are endless. Therefore, it’s time for you, the aspiring artist, to consider your path of making meaningless works appear novel and fascinating.

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