Szentjóby, Tamás. Aspects on the question: “Who is an artist?” 1970, photo, drawing
The starting point of the work is the fluxus idea merging art and life: everybody is an artist.
A radicalized version of this idea appears on the tableau consisting of thirty-six panels: some of the photos present workers as representatives of different art forms (a working postman is identified as a mail artist, a turner is called a sculptor, a road-builder is called a land artist, a compositor is called a writer, a person sitting on the tram in dungarees an actor etc.).
The panels of this photo series are combined with press photos (identical in size) referring to new, often dramatic artistic roles (prisoner artist, fear artist, radical artist, hunger artist, despair artist etc.). The tableau is accompanied by a diagram, indicating that by 2150 everybody will be a police employee, and in 2240 everybody will be an artist.(One may ask how a photo concept got into a collection focusing on painting? The reason is that it became a model: Ákos Birkás painted a picture in 1974 entitled Tamás Szentjóby: Aspects on the question: “Who is an artist?)
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- Beöthy, Balázs