Thats Not Art

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Candeau, French for gift is not exactly what one thinks about when hearing the word. Candeau is a free-standing sculpture composed of an ordinary, manufactured iron made from black cast iron, the kind that could have been purchased in any store selling housewares in the early part of this century. The appearance of the flatiron is changed merely by a row of sharp tacks glued along the underside from top to bottom. Philadelphia-born artist Man …

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…this iron as a valid work of art and an expression of the artist. Although I still think this piece is particularly ugly, it has earned my respect as well as a spot in the history of art. Taste is subjective, but there is no denying even something as simple as this iron can carry great meaning when there is an impressive idea behind it. Perhaps Man Ray said it best himself when he explained.