Conceptual Art- love it or hate it it’s hear to stay, right?
Do you feel so strongly about a subject you could speak for hours? Conceptual art tends to evoke that reaction.
Personally, I prefer my art to either make a strong statement or to be aesthetically pleasing!
And if it’s both, fantastic!
To be neither is to make a statement about the banality of the artist’s life and their desperation to justify themselves as artists whilst having no real talent!
A personal statement perhaps but why not? Art is a personal thing.
But having said this, I do not have a closed mind to conceptual art, I can accept it’s value. But as with any art, I have my preferences.
Last week I went to the Whitworth Art Gallery. I came away from a particular exhibition unimpressed! It was a conceptual artist’s work created 40 years ago.
There were some fabulous exhibits and…
(I had a vitriolic rant lined up for here but I decided against it.)
Following my cathartic outburst I came to the following conclusions.
Feel free to make them your own!
Conceptual art is a philosophical argument.
Conceptual art is a movement, all movements will naturally draw to a conclusion. It’s only a question of time. We’ve already had 50 years!
It is an interesting topic of conversation, it sells newspapers. Hey, it even gives me a topic to rant about!
The real trouble with conceptual art is inaccessibility to masses of uneducated/educated people. Disagree? Discuss it with a group of people in the pub and you’ll understand.
I feel passionately that art should be the realm of everybody.
For an artist, Conceptual art makes good business sense. As they say, any publicity is good publicity! And like car crash TV, outrageous art will get publicity!
The worst form of artistic snobbery is to assume that by disliking a piece/style of art, a person demonstrates intellectual deficiency or is incapable of sophisticated artistic understanding. There are opinions, you may disagree but respect them!
For the general public, there’s a dilemma.
- If we don’t see the art we are dismissing it without giving it a chance.
- If we do see the art we are somehow endorsing it’s existence by our presence.
- Whatever they do, those who find any work unworthy are damned by their actions.