Saturday, May 7, 2011

Plotting artistic merit and spiritual benefit on a grid


This graph from Radagast's blog plots 'Art' across a matrix showing both spiritual benefit and artistic quality.  While not intended as a representative survey it shows, interestingly, that popularity, quality and benefit are different and important aspects of Art.  So you have the Lord of Rings (book) being popular, very good and excellent, while Star Wars (movie) while also being popular is neutral and poor.  This chart is not intended to be definitive but it's an excellent starting point in making us think about Art and it's value.

3 comments:

Andrew Bowles said...

Wasn't that the page that Robin Williams got his class to tear out of their English textbooks in 'Dead Poets Society'?

Emily said...

I think Warhol's work is more thought provoking than this gives it credit for, however, a handy tool.
Still open to a lot of subjectivity I reckon :-)

Luke Isham said...

Hi Emily!

Thanks for commenting. Oh I agree about "thought provoking" you could have another graph plotting thought provoking and "popularity"!