The Aesthetics Cop
"How the Metropolitan Museum Misteaches Art" (1962)
by my favorite skeptical curmudgeon,
Theodore L. Shaw.
How can you argue with a skeptic ?
Except -- perhaps to ask him
how he would do a better job than the Met.
Perhaps this guy is too
much of a crank
to merit serious attention.
I like the questions that he raises,
and if serious aesthetes
cannot answer them,
they should probably be arrested
by "The Aesthetics Cop"
and locked in an art museum
until they can figure them out.
I like the fact
that he shows paintings
and then variants of them
to test whether that variation
would make any difference to the man in the street.
(although to an aesthete,
the opinion of randomly chosen individuals
would be worthless)
His contribution to art theory
may found here:
"Art Reconstructed: A New Theory of Aesthetics"
that somewhat resembles
a text book in high school physics,
and was discussed here , here , and here )