In this interview with writer Michal Szyksznian, Helnwein talks about the freedom of art, how at a young age he became involved with the performance of numerous Aktions, and how his work with musician Marilyn Manson contributed to the album “The Golden Age of Grotesque”.MS: Some people consider an artist as someone who should be above ideology, above politics or even above morals. But art is often a social commentary or political statement. Should art be about politics or morals? Or should it be the art for art’s sake?GH: Too many people have already racked their brains over the question what art should or shouldn’t do. Within living memory, self-appointed “authorities”‘ and “experts” have always tried to define, regulate, control and organize art and to set goals, rules and limits for artists. Huge libraries have been wasted with the junk of theoreticians, critics, and moralists. But art and artists don’t need that crap, nor do people.”There is no must in art because art is free”, Wassily Kandinsky said. Every artist has to make his lone decisions – free-climbing without safety rope and with a good chance of slipping and falling, sometimes deep. Real art will always challenge the society the… Read full this story
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