If It’s Really Art, It Doesn’t Fit In A Cliche

Blake Gopnik has had it up to here with silly cliches about what art is or isn’t. In fact, he has a top ten list of the silliest pigeonholes critics and pundits try to force art into. Included are such gems as “Good Art Is The Mirror Of Its Times,” “Good Art Is Abstract,” and “Good Art Is Finely Crafted.” Says Gopnik of that last cliche, “a cuckoo clock is finely crafted.”