Offense – in the eye of the beholder?

Let's begin with a truism - art appreciation is essentially subjective. What can be unintelligible to one is easily transparent to another. We evaluate art according to knowledge and experience that we as individuals own. And herein lies our problem.
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Let’s begin with a truism – art appreciation is essentially subjective. What can be unintelligible to one is easily transparent to another. We evaluate art according to knowledge and experience that we as individuals own. And herein lies our problem.

Truism number two: Some will always find some art offensive. Offensive to their religious, moral, ethical or political convictions. But does that mean it is not art? Does that call for interventionism to ‘protect’ others from offense?

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Craig Scutt
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Craig Scutt is a freelance author, journalist, and writer.