The Spectacle and not the Art

After watching this video of U2 playing in disguise in Grand Central I was immediately upset that it was not until it was revealed that they were U2 that the crowd really cared about the music. It was the same music, but now the spectacle had a name and value… kinda like when you go to see the $40 million dollar Picasso at a museum– are you going to see a Picasso or the $40 million dollar painting? For most people I feel it is the latter. I also find Fallon’s remarks about supporting local artists to be right on— if you want art in your life and community you have to support it, whether it is U2, or a local painter, art enriches our lives and makes life worth living.