Art Is Forever, Until Tomorrow

Many fans are once again upset with Director George Lucas. This is nothing new. It has been occurring for decades. The current round of rage focuses on Lucas’s changes to his sci-fi classic “Star Wars” for Blu-ray distribution.

The movie was originally released in 1977. Lucas has been changing or updating the film since 1981 when it was retitled “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.”

For the last 30 years, extra scenes have been added or edited and more dialogue included, along with more effects, more monsters and more space ships. This continues even today with the latest round of revisions for the Blu-ray.

The problem of these updates pretty much place people into two camps. The first camp consists of film purists. These people feel the movie has been made. Leave it alone. Art is complete when the public says it is done.

The other camp is full of people who feel art can be updated to fit the times. When you run out of musical tunes, just add techno beats to old songs. When you run out of movie ideas, just throw some new effects on your old films. Or add some sea monsters into a classic novel.

Why wait for someone to paint a mustache on your Mona Lisa? Just paint it yourself. Beat them to the punch.

Both thought-camps have their merits.

Whatever group you find yourself in, Lucas has made one thing abundantly clear.

Art is no longer permanent. It is now only temporarily dormant.

In the future, artists will sell you a painting with the caveat, “This is your painting, until I want it back for revisions. Words, symbols and objects may need to be added or subtracted according to societal shifts.”

Should you let a 30-year-old piece of artwork miss out on all the future trends and fads just because it’s complete?

When people painted on cave walls, there was very little room for the art to grow and expand.

Now that art is viewed as data and part of the media, the internet and the digital revolution, it will evolve with technology. And the faster technology evolves, the faster art will too.

Next up, Picasso with purple robots. “Starry Night” goes supernova. Huckleberry Finn battles the aliens.

All the rapid changes will make many of us want something permanent.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to chisel my blog onto a cave wall and wait for the mammoths to return.


About Blog Boss

Jim MacKenzie and Sarah Giavedoni are the creators of the blogs Stuff Monsters Like, the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight, and more. When they are not blogging, they are devoted to managing the Asheville Blogger Society, watching movies, running a completely unrelated nonprofit, and making money at their paid employment.
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