Johnson v. Warhol
In the latest issue of the (U.K.) Spectator, one of the regular contribuitors, Taki, makes some adverse comments on somebody's art collection. Taki cites two very different opinions about art. Here they are -
"In his new history of art, Paul Johnson views art as Âthe ordering instinct that makes society possibleÂ", and
"According to Andy Warhol, art is what you can get away with."
I think that Paul Johnson's definition is a great deal sounder and worthwhile than the cynical one attributed to Andy Warhol.
Taki was not, of course discussing the Garden Art of Japan, but since he has raised this question of what constitutes Art, it would be interesting to hear what people have to say about it in the context of Japanese gardening.
My own (instinctive) opinion is that the ordering instinct that Paul Johnson refers to is fundamental to the best forms of Japanese gardening. But is the Andy Warhol standard creeping in?