This was a point I wanted to make as well. Just because something is not beautiful on its face does not mean that it lacks legitimate artistic merit or substance. Often an artist is trying to express something beyond "this is beauty". Though it may not be pretty, a tower of twisted metal is certainly an interesting expression that would evoke a lot of different interpretations.
Completely true. Art for art's sake is fine in a museum when you want to make your viewers think or re-evaluate their priorities. I give you Chris Ofili, Holy Virgin Mary 1996. An image of the Virgin Mary made from feces.
It makes you think. But I don't want a skyscraper made of shit in my city. Just to make me think.
And what exactly IS the statement that Gehry is artistically making? Is he asking me to re-evaluate my crumbling consumerism lifestyle and pointless striving to out-do the Jones' next door buy purchasing an overpriced box in the sky?
(Image found HERE )