Art, Politics, and Guns

“The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.” (Toni Morrison) If my art has nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for?“ (Ai Weiwei) “The artist’s job is to be a witness to his time in history.” (Robert Rauschenberg) “…I considered any art pointless if it did not put itself at the disposal of political struggle… my art was to be a gun and a sword.” (George Grosz) “What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who only has eyes if he’s a painter, ears if he’s a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he’s a poet – or even, if he’s a boxer, only some muscles? Quite the contrary

Growth

In preparing my piece “Into the Woods” for its Carnegie Hall premier, I had to make a few minor edits. It was interesting looking back at an old piece, particularly one like this, which is part of a much larger work. As I was editing, I rewrote a couple things, essentially adding to the orchestration. In the process, thoughts of going back over my old works and reviewing, editing, and rewriting them came to mind. Is this a good idea? I mean, I’m always on the fence about that. Clearly there are some works that I will never revise or rewrite. I spoke about one in a previous post. Still, the decision to revise or rewrite is something that artists have gone back and forth on for as long as ther

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