Followers of this blog will no doubt understand where this question comes from. When the Taubman Museum of Art announced its new admission prices last week, the thread of comments took off in an interesting direction. Specifically, a handful of commentators went beyond the usual criticisms of the museum and asserted that the Floyd County artist Charlie Brouwer’s temporary sculpture “Rise Up Roanoke” shouldn’t be considered a regionally relevant piece of art. (Brouwer himself eventually posted a graceful response.) My own questions as to what does make art “regionally relevant” essentially went unaddressed.
So, I thought it might be worth attempting a more general discussion. What is regional art? Is it art done within a region? Is it art done about a region? Is it art done by an artist from a region? All of the above? None? Let me know what you think, and please, tell me why you think it.