A Note to the Cast of Find Me

Dear Cast of Find Me:

300px-Edouard_Manet_-_Luncheon_on_the_Grass_-_Google_Art_ProjectThis is a picture that changed the world. It is Edward Manet’s “Luncheon on the Grass.” It was denied admission to the big prestigious Paris Salon – a competitive art show – in 1863. Manet, not willing to accept other people’s opinions of art, had his own show with two of his buddies, Camille Pizzaro and Johan Jonkind.

The show was called the Salon de Refuses.

Eventually the Refuses would usher in Impressionism, the pre Raphaelites, and a host of other works that changed art, as we know it. Names like Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, and others too numerous to mention, can draw a line from their success to the Refuses.

So what does this have to do with you?

I saw your show and it was excellent and unless you guys went to ESTA and threw mud at each other I can’t imagine you not performing well. So here is the thing. Some things should not be judged nor should the result of some judging be the final arbiter of art and quality.

Where would we be if Manet accepted the Paris Salon’s judgment that his work wasn’t good enough? We all would be poorer. Can you imagine a world without Van Gogh’s Sunflowers?

So don’t feel bad about your trip. Something’s shouldn’t be judged and when they are, it is inevitable that mistakes are made. That’s just how it is.

I loved your show and I am not easily impressed.


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