Is Art really the only form of expression that should not be ridiculed? I think artists especially should have a sense of humor about their art; and Art with a capital A. Self deprecation is a healthy thing, it’s what makes comics funny, the same is true of Art; all art forms. Nothing should be too ‘sacred’ to be lampooned. I say tear down the temples to rebuild them stronger. The Conceptual Art movement takes strides to accomplish this.
As they say, this is nothing new. A favorite example: Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q.?
I recently read an engaging article in Vanity Fair about the criticism (some say undue) of Donna Tartt’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Goldfinch. Her chief detractors include James Wood and Francine Prose, both thought highly of in the upper echelon of literary academia. Critic Wood, who has written such collections of critical essays as How Fiction Works andThe Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief, has asserted of The Goldfinch in The New Yorker: “Its tone, language, and story belong in children’s literature,” and “…the rapture with which this novel has been received is further proof of the infantilization of our literary culture…”. The London Review of Books also dubbed it a “Children’s book”. Novelist Prose, whose very name evokes the opposite of poetry, after reading the Pulitzer winner, mused, “…Doesn’t anyone care how something is written anymore?”.