I don’t know if there really is a “movement” called Yellowism, as opposed to one nutty jerk seeking to justify an otherwise senseless act of artistic destruction, but his philosophy is asinine. Part of the joy of art is its aspirational aspect. People appreciate art that reflects great talent that they don’t possess. Anyone who thinks a great painting is just a canvas for their personal aggrandizement is just piggybacking on greatness they could never achieve on their own talent.
What would happen if every museum patron felt free to scrawl whatever they pleased on a Rothko — or the Mona Lisa? It wouldn’t be long before a Rothko ceased to be a Rothko and instead became a patch of random graffiti. If I wanted to see that, I would book a flight for inner city Detroit. Come to think of it, that might be a suitable punishment for whomever actually defaced the painting: sentence them to a few years scrubbing away the graffiti in British toilets.
Was the first presidential debate a true game-changer that fundamentally reset a campaign that seemed to be trending in President Obama’s favor? Or, is it just a bump in the road that won’t have any long-term significance?
I’m skeptical of the polls this election cycle, because I don’t see how pollsters can forecast turnout with any kind of accuracy. I’ve thought all along that the race in Ohio is extremely close, regardless of what the polls have said. But even if you credit the polls, I’m not sure this shift is the result of one debate. Other things — such as the terrorist attack in Libya and the less-than-flattering stories about security at the American consulate there, increasing gas prices, and the lingering economic doldrums, among other facts — may have seeped into the national consciousness and changed some minds as Election Day draws near.
Whatever the reason, I think the race in Ohio right now is tight as two coats of paint, and is likely to stay that way. That means more TV ads, more candidate visits, more fliers in the mail, and more polls until Election Day arrives.