A clever piece of conceptual art or a bloody stupid idea?

As The Telegraph reports, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) recently asked various people to produce a postcard-sized piece of original work epitomising the countryside for a fundraising auction. The Archbishop of York, for example, painted a scene of green fields, nuts and berries.

As for David Cameron? Well, for his submission he cut out a Conservative Party (tree) logo and stuck it on a postcard.

One might say, and indeed the Telegraph does, that this is a “a rather baffling, and even embarrassing, short-cut.”

Though I liked the reaction of their art critic best:

Perhaps it’s a Duchampian gesture of a rejection of the conventional aesthetics of the Conservatives. Or maybe he just couldn’t be bothered with it. Laziness is the great conundrum of conceptual art.

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  • Fantastic – can I nominate that for the award for best comment on a LD blog?

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