Yes, but is it art?

The entrance lobby of our office block in San Francisco is decorated with corporate art. Every six weeks or so, the paintings rotate to other buildings. It’s a good idea since it keeps the entrance fresh and gives emerging artists a showcase for their work.

I’m not wild about corporate art in general – it’s often ‘blart’ not art. In the current series, decking our entrance hall is an entirely white canvas simply titled ‘Why?’. Why indeed. If you look carefully, you can see that the artist has even lightly stenciled the letter Y in white on a white background. It’s acrylic on canvas. Perhaps it’s supposed to represent a deeper meaning. The futility of trying to be the purest of the pure or questioning our need to stand out as individuals. Or perhaps it simply aims to spark a response such as this, and so the conversation is the art not the picture.

I don’t know. It’s not much to look at though, I’m sure you’ll agree.

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