to anyone they choose.
That leads to the prime question: What's wrong with the commission
putting its enthusiasm, sincerity and support behind legitimate art
instruction in our public schools -- not to mention our colleges and
We definitely don't need another building behind the central library.
This whole business of government meddling in art becomes questionable
when one realizes that some taxpayers have great difficulty defining what
The field is filled with controversy. What is beauty? Is beauty art,
and is art beauty? It certainly isn't answered by that oft-quoted and
tiresome phrase, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." That means:
There's no such thing as beauty, a sad state indeed.
We, as Newport Beach taxpayers, should ask ourselves if we are really
dying to involve ourselves in inevitable public controversy developing
from human sensibilities, offense, community divisiveness, even outrage
and censorship, especially when we have lost the ability to even teach
our children to read?
The whole thing is best left to artists themselves, their private
sponsors and, most of all, their customers.
We ask the art commissioners to get this stuff off our plates and put
something there that's more digestible.
o7 * REBA WILLIAMS is a Newport Beach resident.f7