"[The content] has to be clear...but it must also be mysterious...Something should remain unsaid, something just beyond our understanding. Of course, if it's only mysterious, it's condescending and pretentious and soon monotonous. But if it's only clear, it's kitsch."An important point in art is that it allows room for contemplation -- there must be a sense of ambiguity, a room for interpretation, a space into which the audience's private emotions and desires may be projected upon. This is the reason I give when I tell people why I hate propagandist art: you get the message in one second. You flip a bird to the Great Hall of the People? We get it. You hate the Communist Party. Let's move on to the next room. Someone enacting the Judith and Holofernes scene? Yeah, she hates men. We get it.
- Stephen Sondheim talking about theater songs, but hey, those are art, and he wrote a thing based on a painting