So, which is more important? The idea or the execution? I would put forth the argument that Da Vinci's Mona Lisa would not be the master piece that it is had he taken the view that the idea was more important than the execution and had an assistant do the painting, but signed his name to the piece because it was executed off of his idea.
I guess it is OK for an artist to enlist help with the execution of an idea, particularly if it is highly technical in nature, but it seems to me that if that is the case, than the individuals or firms that help with the realization of the idea should be given credit for their work. You wouldn't expect to open the cover of a music album to see the singer listed as the only person who contributed to that endeavor, would you? Rather, you would see credit being given to all of the band members as well as the recording studio. Perhaps we should start recognizing that some works of art, particularly if they are larger in scale, are really collaborative efforts and expect artists to acknowledge this as well. Does it detract from the art? I don't think so. If anything, it raises awareness of how much time and effort went into creating something. And, when a truly exceptional work of art is created by an individual, that makes it all the more important, don't you think?
On a less intellectual note, stop by the Foothills Art Center in Golden, CO between now and March 17 and see the Colorado Clay exhibit if you haven't done so already. The show looks fabulous and there is even a piece in it by a certain ceramic artist who we all know and love :)