tb av wrote:
So's the girl…
Ok, I see what you are saying... but if you take that guerrilla art concept... not all art carries the same gravity. For me, my reaction was that the little girl came off sort of Poser-ish regardless of how it placed there or even the intended message.
You're probably not the only one to react that way, but I didn't feel that way at all.
As contemporary art, the Charging Bull very well reflected the times in 1987. The fearless girl is much more reflective of the times we live in NOW, and contemporary social mores in 2017.
Themes of wealth inequality are salient now. Themes of feminism are salient now. Due to its proximity to the financial district, the bull has become sort of emblematic of the "wealthy investor class". Considering all of the talk and concern about the disappearing middle class, something like the Fearless Girl statue plays upon those themes. Simultaneously, gender inequality in the workplace is still a battle that's being fought, and the statue plays upon those themes, too-- which are likewise timely in 2017.
There are people, quite predictably, who aren't too enamored of the way the world is changing, or of the shifting social mores. And there does appear to be some correlation there, at least demographically, with those who are or aren't too enamored of the statue. Predictably, women seem to like it more than men. Younger, poorer folks tend to like it more than older, more well-to-do folks. Liberals tend to like it more than conservatives, etc etc. And this is another way in which the sculpture is timely and relevant-- it emblemizes the "culture wars" that have lately become so divisive and bitter.
Which sort of reinforces, to me, that the Fearless Girl statue is indeed succeeding as art-- it makes people think, it makes people reflect, it makes people emboldened, it makes people angry, and it makes people feel. What is the purpose of art if not that?
My wife works less than a block away from the two statues. She likes it. I like it, too.