It may seem too inappropriate, if not absurd, to get up in the morning, walk into a room, and apply dabs of paint from a little tube to a square of canvas. What can you as a young artist do that seems relevant and meaningful?
Kynaston McShine, essay for the Information exhibition, MoMa 1970
I am convinced that these “arts,” born in the lower depths of high culture, possess a theoretical qualification and afford a new signifier (related to the obtuse meaning); this is acknowledged in the case of the comic strip; but personally I experience th at faint trauma of significance before certain photo-novels: ” their stupidity touches me” (such might be a certain definition of the obtuse meaning); there would therefore be a future truth (or a truth from a very remote past) in these ridiculous, vulgar, stupid, dialogical forms of the subculture of consumption.
Roland Barthes, the third meaning