This Month – What is Art Anyway?
There are many definitions of art online, but my favourite is the one on Wikipedia:
“Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities.”
I also found this:
“The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works, usually visual, to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”
And there was this:
“A skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice.”
I asked my husband what he thought, he said …
“Real art should be something that inspires the higher states in man.”I asked him for an example, he said … “The music of Bach!”
I asked my 12 year-old step-daughter what she thought, she said …
“Art is about people creating things from their own imagination.”I asked her for an example, she said … “Songs, games, drawings and oh, the Mona Lisa!”
I asked my 13 year-old step-son what he thought, he said …
“Art is about self-expression.” and “Art is in the eye of the beholder!” When I asked him for an example he disappeared for 20 minutes and returned with this fresh pastel creation …
When I told him how beautiful it was he said it was awful. So I reminded him of his earlier definitions of art.
I didn’t like Mondrian’s square’s, but he’s considered to be one of the world’s greatest pioneers of abstract art. I only started to understand why when I started to experiment with abstract techniques myself. There was an article about an upcoming exhibition in the news last week. You can read about it here … Liverpool Tate to host ‘largest’ UK Mondrian exhibition .
What do you think?
What does art mean for you?
This years Turner Prize nominees are a little unusual. They’re not traditional or even well known, so what makes them so special?
The Turner Prize Nominees 2014
Duncan Campbell – A film-maker, nominated for his video called ‘It For Others’. The video is a reflection on a French, 1953 documentary about African art. Check out his website here: Duncan Campbell Artist
Ciara Phillips – A print-maker, nominated for her temporary print studio, a 2-month project in London, where she invited artists, designers, and local women’s groups to create new screen prints. Check out her website here: Ciara Phillips
James Richards – A film-maker, who uses clips from videos on YouTube & bits of old VHS tapes to make video collage, nominated for a 13-minute black and white video entitled “Rosebud”. Check out his work in this informative profile / interview: More Than A Feeling: An Interview with James Richards
Tris Vonna-Michell – A story-teller, who combines the spoken word with slide shows and printed images, nominated for an installation in Brussels using slide projections and audio narration toconvey something of his mother’s childhood in Berlin. Take a look at some of his work in this profile: Tris Vonna-Michell
Not a painting, drawing or sculpture in sight, but then who remembers Turner Prize 1995 …
Mother and Child Divided was composed of a cow and a calf sliced in half and preserved in glass tanks of formaldehyde. That was almost 20 years ago, and it received many mixed reactions from the general public, as did the following work.
This piece was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999 …
… like it or not, Tracey Emin’s My Bed sold for £2.2m at auction just a few days ago!!!
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What did you think art is or isn’t?
Should it be beautiful, meaningful or just what it is?
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Next Month on “ARTZINE” …
Sunday, August 3rd – Do We Own Our Art?
Take a look at how original work is being re-used today.