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Monday, November 5, 2012

Writing on art: the contemporary art scene, capturing essence

I consistently record the words of others on art, which I find stimulating. Sometimes because they say what I believe to be true, but say it so more elegantly or eloquently than I could. Sometimes, because they extend a thought I had and take it into new territory. And sometimes (the best times) because they give voice to something that I only dimly glimpsed. So I have decided to place this on-growing collection here on the blog, because I believe that these words deserve to be recorded and shared. And selfishly, I can find them a lot easier here than scattered about in various notebooks.

I won't be sorting and ordering them by topic or by author or any other classification system devisable by the rational mind. They will simply be recorded as they come. But, not to be totally mean, I will caption them.

So here to begin is the quote attached to Against intellect and therapy, art as a dance

The contemporary art scene

Will Gompertz, the BBC's arts editor:

"Money and celebrity has cast a shadow over the art world which is prohibiting ideas and debate from coming to the fore," he said yesterday, adding that the current system of collectors, galleries, museums and art dealers colluding to maintain the value and status of artists quashed open debate on art.

"I hope this is the start of something that breaks the system. At the moment it feels like the Paris salon of the 19th century, where bureaucrats and conservatives combined to stifle the field of work. It was the Impressionists who forced a new system, led by the artists themselves. It created modern art and a whole new way of looking at things.

"Lord knows we need that now more than anything. We need artists to work outside the establishment and start looking at the world in a different way – to start challenging preconceptions instead of reinforcing them."

From The Guardian ~ Doyen of American critics turns his back on the 'nasty, stupid' world of modern art.
Dave Hickey condemns world he says has become calcified by too much money, celebrity and self-reverence. by Edward Helmore and Paul Gallagher
The Observer, Sunday 28 October 2012

Capturing the essence of the subject
But the deception of photography is not confined to the deliberate corrections, manipulations, enhancements and outright falsifications to which it can be subjected. There is also a fundamental problem in the fact it passively registers a luminous imprint of the visible world - in other words, a flaw at the heart of the argument for truth.
The point is that such an objective registration of visual phenomena is no more the truth of the world than a dead body is the truth of the deceased person. Consider the perennial problem of portraits painted from photographs: they are easy because all you have to do is copy a flat image. But they are lifeless because a person is not a flat image; a person is not even a three-dimensional thing, not in fact an object that can be copied but a subject with whom you must engage as another subject.
The same is true, less obviously, of trees and plants, and even apparently inanimate things such as mountains and bodies of water. A landscape painted from a photograph is as lifeless as a portrait; the painter cannot copy a pictorial imprint of the scene but must try to capture and re-enact its life, what Chinese writers about art called its chi or breath.
American angst in the photographs of Gregory Crewdson
·         From:The Australian 
November 03, 2012

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