We’ve spent an exciting week in Paris, seeing all the fabulous sites, from the Louvre to the Tour Eiffel.
Today we decided to do something different and headed for the Georges Pompidou Center, where the national galleries of modern art are housed. Some fascinating stuff there, including some works which attempted to question the very nature of art itself. Jim was particularly perplexed by this piece:
The work consisted of three panels, painted completely white. The artist insisted that the color white represented nothing at all. Is this art?
And what about this?
Another work, of similar size, displayed again over three panels. This time the work reprints a scientific paper in its entirety: “Interaction of stellar wind with diffuse nebulae,” by S.B. Pikel’ner. If you click on the image you can actually read the whole paper. So is this art?
Is this work saying that there’s really no difference between science and art? Or that art has become so technical and abstruse that it might as well be an impenetrable scientific tract?