The Easel

Art / Not

Read before next discussing art at a dinner party. The writer admits to a panic attack at the art gallery: are the rolls of tape lying beside an artwork part of the work? This ambiguity is exactly what the highly regarded artist Richard Tuttle wants. So, is it art? Well, it’s OK not to know: “The mysterious, indefinable nature of art is only scandalous to those who want, always, to be sure.”