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Art has a different meaning for everyone As individual as each human being is so is the autonomy of each individuals art Just as opinions differ the many expressions of human emotions differ In the mindset that art is everything and everything is art one must look at every aspect at every angle to truly understand what it means Be it rage indifference joy or loathing the true beauty of response would be lost without the art being part of its surrounding environment Douglas Crimp author of the essay Serras Public Sculpture Redefining Site Specificity represents this point very concisely In this essay he defines the many controversies behind the sculptures of Richard Serra revealing the true importance of location Through this revelation he draws a parallel between a judgmental society and the supposed hypocrisy of institutionalized artwork Is art really intended for the environment that the artist chooses As Crimp defines his initial viewing of Serras work it is clearly evident that his opinion is yes In his description of Serras Splashing Crimp characterizes the merger of the piece to its environment an old warehouse Along the juncture where wall met floor Serra had tossed molten lead and allowed it to harden in place The result was really not an object at all it had no definable shape or mass it created no legible image With this quote Crimp quite simply summarizes the entirety of Serras work The connection between art and its environment is a fundamental debate to the author In the opinion of the author removing a work of art from its intended environment is an outright attempt to destroy the work The article supports this point by citing the various controversies surrounding many of Serras sculptures and by elaborating upon the ignorance of those in society who have tried to destroy or deface Serras work The essay traces the development of the artists work from installations in gallery
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