Can we agree that art is a dialogue between the artist and the receiver? Whilst I appreciate information about the artist which art critics can provide, I prefer not to have an artist’s work ‘interpreted’ for me. In brutal terms, I tend to cut out the middleman and deal direct with the artist.
Art is as contentious a topic as is religion.
There are so many arguments about what is art. This was exploited by the award winning play Art by Yasmina Reza 1994 which shows how three friends Serge, Marc and Yvan argue to the point of nearly destroying their longstanding friendship about the value of an abstract painting bought by Serge. The large painting consisted of white lines on a white canvas. I have chosen to highlight the controversy that the play ART provoked about the controversy the play depicts! I saw the play and shared the author’s frustration that the audience often laughed at the wrong bits! I think it was over-rated, despite the hype in which it was awash.
I am as argumentative as most and I’m prepared to lay out my stall. I prefer traditional art, whether painting, sculpture or music which shows skill and /or sensitivity. It is difficult to list the criteria for such art succinctly. For example I think ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs is a standout classic which breaks all the rules of what one would describe as a Hit song, being musically bog standard and having laughable lyrics, and yet it is universally loved.
I dislike ‘ideas’ art or conceptual art which requires no skill as a genre but again, just to complicate what should be a watertight argument, there are gems to be found in this world. I enjoyed the work of Laurie Anderson when she exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall – 1997. Of lasting impact, was a line written large on a hording.. Remember me is all I ask. If remembering me becomes a task, forget me..[adapted]....by contrast, I seethed when I read in a national newspaper that Tracy Emin had been chosen to represent Britain at the 2007 Venice Biennale, by the British Arts Council. My argument is that Tracy Emin represented the British Art Council, whose agenda I do not understand.
I thought the article written by Guy Browning in the Guardian on ‘How to appreciate Art’ is so true. Written in 2002, it is a masterclass in incisive, satirical, observational humour, some of which can equally apply to the perceived value of tweets in Twitter.