Lisa Call challenged me with: Is all great art risky?
Here are some thoughts.
1. What IS great art and who decides? (See how freely I used that word in that post?)
2. If we go by the standards that what appears in art history books is great art, then, yes, it's risky. But maybe "risky" isn't the right word. It's just that, at some point, that artist decided to take a risk and to push the envelope with his or her art. They did something that no one else was doing. They impelled art itself forward.
Here's an equally interesting Deep Thought:
Is all risky art great?
(I think I know the answer, but why don't you bat it around for a bit.)