Fellas...Where's the love??? :)
I'm going to take the responsibility for unfortunately sending another thread off in to the ditch. It started when I said,
I know this isn't the "art" site,
Somehow Jonathon misunderstood my attempt to apologiize for talking "art" and not entomology, fly tying, fly fishing etc...I was not in anyway making a commment on what "art" is or isn't or anything really what-so-ever about fly tying.
When he chided me my smartass hackles went up and in a knee-jerk reaction I responded to him in this smartass mode. I tried to let everyone know a few times that I was just having a little fun...
In the above post you can see my tongue-ever-so-slightly-in-my-cheek, right?! ;)
I really wasn't, at first, saying anything about fly tying and whether or not it constitutes "art". I was just sharing an antedote about the painting that Mark had posted.
I have spent a great deal of time, during my travels, in art museums all over the world. Hell! I even have a closeup photo, I took after being told to do so by my wife, of Michelanglos' "David's" ass end!, :) I really don't care how anyone defines "art" for themselves or whether they consider fly tying an art form. Really!
This is one of those topics, subjective in nature, that they have filled libraries trying to resolve...
I will say that in 1987 in Berlin at the Painter's Gallery I viewed a Vermeer and when I visited Berlin again in 2006 I visited her (its a picture of a woman standing at a window) in her new home in the rebuilt, historic Potsdamer Platz area that had been on the East German side of the Wall. I teared up both times I have stood in front of her and both times spent some extended time in the room where she is housed...On the other hand, Jackson Pollock, hasn't moved me in such a way...
Now before you all go and get your shorts in a knot, and try to explain to me the flaws in my J Pollock remark...;)...and maybe how in someway J Pollock would of been a hell of a fly tier, let me just say beforehand...Stop! Your killing me!