Deschanel vs. Glaser

In an interview published in the latest issue of Complex, cover girl Zooey Deschanel says this:

My philosophy is that art should be as pure as possible, and as much as there is a separate component of audience reaction, whatever creative things I do should be unaffected. I don’t ever want to do something in anticipation of someone. The more you guess what people are going to like and dislike, to me, that is corrupting the product.

In an interview published in Art is Work, cover boy Milton Glaser says this:

When art is defined as an activity driven entirely by the needs of of self-expression, I become very nervous. The overwhelming history of art, in fact, has been the history of people doing work for a specific purpose, in other words, commissioned works with specific intentions. After all, Michelangelo did not paint the “Last Judgement” to express himself. He painted it because the Pope wanted to scare the bejeesus of of the congregation. The idea that art is primarily an expressive medium is a recent invention not more than two hundred years old.

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