Saturday, May 4, 2013
IS IT ART?
Revisiting the subject of "is rock art really art?" This one question probably generates more arguements in the field than anything else. Second would probably be the S-word, "Shamanism," and epigraphy coming in at the third position. This small quotation adds no clarification either way, but as an unapologetic fan of Kipling's writing I loved it (Robert W. Service too, but that is another question). I merely pass this on for your own enjoyment.
“When the flush of a new-born sun fell on Eden’s green and gold,
Our father Adam sat under a tree and scratched with a stick in the mould;
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart,
Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves “It’s pretty, but is it Art?”
1890 Conundrum of the Workshop