Thursday, January 31, 2008

To Genre, or not to Genre

Genre is a tricky beast. It used to mean you made work about a certain subject. Some might think it is merely a fancy way to say "kind," or "type." Genre has shifted from naming works representing daily life to works of a certain ilk (i.e. Matthew Barney makes work of a particular genre.) I hate to bring up the "P" word, but pluralism lends a hand in blurring the lines even where Genre is concerned.


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