Saturday, July 28, 2007

Modern Art

Do people really like it, or are they just pretending? One article explores the question.

"For those who like that sort of thing, as Abraham Lincoln once said, it is just the sort of thing they would like." Share

8 comments:

alaughland said...

The area where I reside is an mini art center which hosts artists from all over the country. However it is somewhat parochial in terms of the art it favors.....local scenery, boats, water, water fowl. All week there have been artists in town competing for prizes as they painted local scenery, etc. I thought....Oh for some Klee or Jackson Pollack....never thought I would say that, but one can only look at boats and water views just so long without tiring of it all.

Terry Nelson said...

This is very provocative article, and dead on when he references music. I know a priest who said Picasso was diabolic in his later work. I expect so, to some degree. Nevertheless, there is modern art which is very important, and will endure simply because it exists. Such work reflects an epoch.

The art market prices are pure snobbery of course, and most of the works are interesting backdrops for corporate lobbies in iconoclast buildings.

Having said that, modern art, like most of the 20th century's arts and architecture has been a re-telling of the fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes". Thus, the age of confusion and disorientation seems to have been appropriately documented by modern artists.

Margaret said...

Ha ha! Good 'ole 'Honest Abe'. I love it!! I will have to quote him next time I am asked my opinion on some 'modren' monstrosity.

Coffee Catholic said...

What I found very strange about myself is that I acctually enjoy abstract art! I'm not much into modern art. But for some reason I really love looking at, and creating, abstract art. It really does take a lot of work - surprisingly. And it's strange to me because I'm one of those traditional type people who love the CLASSICS - including classical art. I don't have much time for modern art. So why I like abstract art is beyond me haha!

GOD BLESS!!

elena maria vidal said...

I confess. I have often enjoyed trips to the Hirschorn gallery in D.C. Modern, abstract art can be fun, but it does not uplift and inspire the way that truly great art does. And some modern art projects a darkness that would be better left unseen.

JustMe said...

What's wrong with Vermeer, Caravaggio, Anibale Carracci... I love the Baroque/Renaissance period for both paint and sculpture, and maybe I'm just too visceral (in a kind way..leave me to find the tracks of tears on Christ's face, or the twisted hands of inner agaony in an otherwise calm girl, etc), but I don't even much care for van Gogh, let alone Gruner or Dali, so you can imagine even more, then, what I would not pay good money to view, let alone to own. Besides, who owns art? It's like owning a horse, but one cannot even ride it. Abe didn't say that, but he might've. I'm with Abe.

Anonymous said...

As a musician born and raised in Eastern Europe I could not agree more with this article. It is one thing to admire abstract art in a gallery, and quite another to be subjected to listen to serial music. And I hate Picasso!

Philomela

elena maria vidal said...

I prefer classical music myself.