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10.22.2009

Many conceptual artists can't draw

Will conceptual artists like Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons stand the test of time, or will they just make a lot of money and be forgotten as important artists? More on this question HERE.

1 Comments:

Blogger Elon said...

"I think that great art is a combination of a great idea that is well-executed. I can't decide if the fact that the artist doesn't create the work with his own hand bothers me but I know that I am always impressed with a conceptual or abstract artist who has shown he can actually draw." - PH

Amen.

My two cents: An artist's ability to incorporate the element of restraint in a work of art must necessarily be earned by revealing true virtuosity elsewhere, specifically, in other works using the same medium. Conceptually, there must first exist some object to be restrained before the idea of "restraint" can take place. An artist must possess artistic skill in order for her to restrain it.

Furthermore, abstract pieces of art are DEFINED by the level of restraint the artist has incorporated. In other words, a piece without restraint is a piece that is not abstract, and is, in fact, a piece that should be considered "unrestrained". An unrestrained piece can only be judged by the outward appearance of aesthetic skill in the piece itself.

Mondrian is my favorite example, perhaps the quintessential "abstractionist".

He's most known for his later work using straight lines and primary colors...

e.g.
http://www.poster.net/mondrian-piet/mondrian-piet-composition-with-red-yellow-and-blue-1927-2631090.jpg

He wasn't praised for his technical skill in these paintings, but for how (and specifically why) his work contrasted that of his earlier, more skill intensive pieces...

e.g.
http://paintings.name/images/piet-mondrian/Mondrian-grey-tree.jpg and
http://paintings.name/images/piet-mondrian/Mondrian-red-tree.jpg

Damien Hirst deserves a great deal of credit for his success as an artist (if marketing is considered a valid art form).

2:12 AM

 

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