getup2k, I don't think you quite get art either. The purpose of it isn't to be understood by everyone who looks at it, That's like saying books are pointless because loads of people don't read. It requires some sort of interest, a thirst to learn, so yeah, it probably is
inaccessible to a great part of today's audience.
getup2k wrote:but can you really deny that there's no contest between which more successfully evokes emotion?--
That town in fallout 3 blowing up was supposed to happen after you visit the town and meet the people there, with the emotional payoff heightened by your interaction.
no contest, just because art doesn't invoke emotion in you doesn't make it any less credible. Remember when Ash let Butterfree go? That made me sad, but that isn't more important than Van Gogh's Sunflowers. Or how about when they play 'When You Believe' on X-factor as the judges reveal their decision? Is that art?
"The Raft of the Medusa" is a heartbreaking painting, with a lot of history behind it, most people could look at it once and not give it a second thought, but things like this will be remembered long after the world has forgotten about Fallout 3, and rightfully so. It's an offence that people would compare something so important to a videogame, or put them in the same category.
Also, Your description of Van Gogh seems rehearsed and(hilariously) patronising.