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A Diet of Masterpieces Makes You Fat: The Virtues of Bad Art

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/conference/new_yorker_festival_2011 New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl sits down with Steve Martin to discuss the merits of bad art. "You learn from good art that you can't do it," Schjeldahl says, "and from bad art you see where it breaks." ----- The New Yorker Festival presents: All About Art: Peter Schjeldahl talks with Steve Martin. This program was recorded on September 30, 2011. Peter Schjeldahl is The New Yorker's art critic and the author of several books of criticism, including The Hydrogen Jukebox: Selected Writings and Let's See: Writings on Art from The New Yorker. He has received the Frank Jewett Mather Award from the College Art Association, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing. Steve Martin has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1996. His books include Pure Drivel, which collects many of his humor pieces from the magazine; the memoir Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life; and the novels The Pleasure of My Company, Shopgirl, and, most recently, An Object of Beauty.
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