WHAT IS ART?
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain,” the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale in South Florida is hosting “Some Aesthetic Decisions,” an ambitious show that raises a question that’s particularly pertinent today: What is art?
Artworks on display include Alfred Stieglitz’s photograph of Duchamp’s original, published in 1917. Since Duchamp’s “Fountain” was destroyed long ago, the Stieglitz image provides the only photographic record of his work. Other pieces include Sherrie Levine’s “Fountain (Buddha)” bronze sculpture from 1996, Mike Bidlo’s “Fountain” from 2015 and Jeff Koons’ “Balloon Dog (Blue),” 1994-2000, among others. All featured works share a common aesthetic: they offer a controversial new definition of art, while questioning who gets to pass judgment.
Until September 3, nsuartmuseum.org