PoV: Roger Scruton: Faking It: 05 Dec 14

A Point of View show

Summary: Philosopher Roger Scruton reflects on the difference between original art that is genuine, sincere and truthful, but hard to achieve, and the easier but fake art that appeals to many critics today. He argues that original artists from Beethoven and Baudelaire to Picasso and Pound tower above those contemporary artists whose less arduous to create pieces only peddle fake emotion. Artists like Damien Hirst try so hard to be challenging, that causing shock or offence becomes their main motivation. But by focusing on avoiding cliche, they end up being examples of cliche themselves. Producer: Arlene Gregorius