"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 (2003)
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Created by Charles Atlas, the opening for "Stories" is a gloss on the classic “Masterpiece Theater” host introduction. Filmmaker John Waters greets the audience dressed for the part in a checkered smoking jacket and surrounded by his extensive collection of art books in his Baltimore home. “Good art provokes and inspires,” declares Waters. For Waters, “a strong reaction” is an important measure of success. “Not everyone likes the stories I tell,” Waters modestly remarks.