Re: RARA-AVIS: Public Acclain & "Masterpeices"/Street 8

From: Anthony Dauer (
Date: 28 Apr 2000

Now we're back to my original point ... and that is that it takes more than an individual or even a small group of individuals to declare something a "masterpiece" at least in a real sense versus simply their opinion. A masterpiece in my opinion is a work that has stood the test of time, it doesn't require the popular acclaim of its contemporaries, however, it does require ... accredidation/recognition/popular over time with various generations of its audience supporting it. In the past this was determined by a few "literati" who defined what is and what isn't good ... we've evolved intellectually since then and the group as a whole has grown to become the determining factor within a generation's collective thought and canon of what is and what isn't good. In my art theory studies art was defined as the right making of the thing ... the thing being anything from a painting to a spreadsheet. A masterpiece went beyond simply skilled work and "art" to a thing that touches the universal truth and communicates a part of that which is beyond us.

Don't anyone quote me the dictionary ... I don't care what the abridged meaning is.

volente Deo,

Anthony Dauer Alexandria, Virginia
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