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True Art Is Incomprehensible

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The winner of Tate Britain's 2001 Turner Prize: Work #227: The Lights Going On and Off, by Martin Creed.

"I shudder if the majority of people look at my brush work and say it is pretty, for then I know it is ordinary and I have failed. If they say they do not understand it, or even that it is ugly, I am happy, for I have succeeded."
An anonymous artist
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The story puts forth the proposition that "True Art" must of necessity be incomprehensible, or at best, only comprehensible by the "right people."

See also: Post-Modernism, True Art Is Angsty, Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory, Mind Screw, What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?, Viewers Are Geniuses, Design Student's Orgasm, Word Salad Lyrics, Widget Series, Le Film Artistique.


Alternative Title(s): Screw The Rules This Is Art

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