Monday, August 10, 2009

Art or Not Art?

Take the test here, and find out if the pictures above are paintings by a famous artist or a 4-year old.

John Stossel

Originally posted at Carpe Diem.


At 8/10/2009 9:19 AM, Blogger BlogDog said...

I only missed one but that's because I love pugs and the pug fabric was, well, pictures of pugs. That's art I tells ya!

At 8/10/2009 10:35 AM, Blogger KauaiMark said...

I got most of them wrong. One of the ones I got right was the pug fabric (not art)

At 8/10/2009 11:59 AM, Blogger Sotosoroto said...

I got most of them "wrong," too.

Just because a 4-year-old paints something, it doesn't mean it's not art. Just because an "artist" paints something, it doesn't mean it's art.

In college, I took a few art history courses and thus learned that most modern "art" isn't. Not that that's what the professor said, but . . .

At 8/10/2009 12:27 PM, Anonymous richard said...


Ok, you got me. You proved I'm not an art connoisseur: I cannot tell my a*s from a hole in the ground, if you pardon my French ;-)

How about this one: If econ profs start teaching a lesson or two about art, maybe I should start teaching economics. After all: If art is an improvement over economics, how hard can economics be?

Comparative advantage? Doesn't seem to be a very important concept

;-) Wonkish, as Paul would say!

At 8/10/2009 3:06 PM, Blogger Bruce Hall said...

Perhaps it only means that certain "schools of art" are quite juvenile.

At 8/10/2009 3:28 PM, Anonymous feeblemind said...

I got 5 right out of ten. Sort of like calling heads or tails on a coin flip.

At 8/10/2009 8:01 PM, Blogger KO said...

In defense of my poor score, I must say Stossel has found a group of true 4 year old prodigies.

At 8/10/2009 8:31 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I agree with the child prodigy theory. Some of those pieces by the kids sure look like art to me. I draw the line at trained elephants though.


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