Once again, I feel compelled to address some claims made by the art critic Jonathan Jones at The Guardian. This time, Jones has written a piece attacking Banksy. This in itself is not the problem. The problem is that the attack makes very little sense under close examination.
Here is the crux of Jones’s argument:
Some art can exist just as well in silence and obscurity as on the pages of newspapers. The Mona Lisa is always being talked about, but even if no one ever again concocted a headline about this roughly 510-year-old painting it would still be as great. The same is true of real modern art. A Jasper Johns painting of a network of diagonal marks surrounded by cutlery stuck to the frame, called Dancers On a Plane – currently in an exhibition at the Barbican – was just as real, vital and profound when…
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