Is the autograph a distraction from the work’s inherent greatness?
You don’t need to know who built the skyscrapers. I am always impressed with those who don’t even know the singer of their favorite song. I’m not talking about youths listening to pop, but songs loved over many years. Why get diluted in the facts, so often mindlessly regurgitated by intellectuals attempting to ‘prove’ their superior appreciation for a work. They know everything about the composition other than how to actually enjoy the music. The architect doesn’t validate the greatness of a particular piece; greats have designed duds and one-hit wonders have created masterpieces powerful enough to share beauty with millions.
“You don’t kneed to know who built the skyscrapers to enjoy their punctuations to the skyline.”
Name, background, portfolio, associates, delete all the information, is the work pleasing? Is the work successful? Torrential or peaceful, useful, endlessly amusing, or confounding, does it work!?
You don’t kneed to know who built the skyscrapers to enjoy their punctuations to the skyline. To look up from right below and sway with its dizzying height. To feel overwhelmed and overtaken by its beauty. Anonymity often provides the freedom to enjoy a work in and of itself and relation to its environment.
You know who built that…there’s a funny story about that…well you know where they went to school? Well I am just going to have to stop you right there, I prefer letting the product speak for itself.