I was spending some time catching up on my "movers and shakers" art blogs (it keeps me all worldly and informed and some such stuff) and found that I had missed out on all the foolishness regarding one painting, of two, by Alma Thomas, that was...then wasn't, going to be on loan to the White House in Michelle Obama's office (surely, the grammar police will be after me because of that sentence-ish...well. probably most of the sentences-ish, in this entire post...the whole blog, if we want to be real about it).
It started with Edward Winkleman's blog, which I adore because it is so much fun, info and sass about the art world I never want to be a part of (did you know you that you, kind reader, may pick and choose your "art world"...yes you can!) Then, I started linking around the links (Winkleman's links , the links of his links, the links of their links and on and on...) and concretely decided that the entire controversy was a waste of time. A waste, first of all, because all artists appropriate whether they realize it or not, or admit it or not (and most will never ever admit it, because the unwritten rule is that if you "copy" or "mimic" or the more fancy-schmancy term "appropriate" in some form then you aren't creative...not really...and all the other artists in the super secret and special artists club know it, even if they don't say it to your face...dead or alive...they talk about you in a super secret code language, in a super secret and special artists club location where only those who generate concepts and imagery without any other reference are allowed). Honestly, I was so depressed (not), knowing I would be kicked out of the secret club when I realized that my pod/icon symbol looked just like an oak leaf (and who else besides me has seen one of those, hmmm?), and a Matisse oak leaf, at that. My creativity was doomed from then on. Or perhaps it was doomed when I started making a circle. I'm not sure anymore.
The second reason I find the controversy to be a waste of time is...Come on...do I really need to list another one? I do have a second one, though. If they say the painting didn't fit the spot or hung funny, then just take it for what it is. Geez, as we say here in the stix.
Now, what would a good quilter do in this situation? The obvious answer is, copy Watusi and make an art quilt out of it. Don't think I won't. I think we all should.