[quote]Artists? Perhaps, though it takes an intellect to understand and interpret the artist, so I'm not so sure all "artists" should be classified as an intellectual. Eccentric ... insane, perhaps, but intellectual?[/quote]
It does take an incredible amount of intellect to present a masterpiece. I'm using dance figures as I'm most educated in that field. But choreographers such as Balanchine, Ailey, Bill T. Jones, Graham, these choreographers are some of the most intelligent people and have made a profound impact on the world of dance and art. If you take the time to read some of their books and study thier creative process, you will see that they go beyond just making up steps to put on a stage. I recommend reading 'Martha Graham : The Evolution of Her Dance Theory and Training." by Marian Horosko. Martha was very much an intellectual and anyone who she felt was not on her level would be dismissed. Also, it would help to watch Bill T. Jones documentary "Bill T. Jones: Still/Here with Bill Moyers". Bill T. Jones is one of my favorite choreographers and this DVD made me love him even more. It delves deep into his creative process and it features the piece, Still/Here. It's an absolutely beautiful piece and the only dance work to ever make me cry. And for the record, Bill T. Jones is gay and hiv positive and most of his pieces deal with these topics.