Why do we make art- why do I make art? What kind of art should be made today or is there an end to what we conceive is art? Is it pointless, is it futile in our present culture? We are inundated with artists and art today-even in mid 19th century there were 2000 practicing artists in Paris. Degas complained about the numbers as well. Jacques Barzun
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Barzun decried the fact that even the most marginally talented are encouraged - fans flaming every little daycare Picasso. How much to I want to add to this glut- what do I want to add to this contemporary 'Everest' of 'art'?
I do not know and I doubt that I am alone in this quandary.
However, an artist is what I am compelled to be, so even at 70 I must somehow get on with it.
What indeed to paint?
How did we get from this, two years to create:
|Sandro Botticelli "The Birth of Venus " 1483- 1485|
|Jean-Michel Basquiat "Philistines" 1982|
In total confusion I ricocheted around the internet, subscribed to the New Criterion, read art reviews from the New York Times to the Guardian, art critics both contemporary and dead. I inserted the words sublime, exquisite, beautiful, beautifully crafted. The only contemporary reviews that made use of these words were of art done before 1920. Even Hilton Kramer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilton_Kramer rarely if ever used those words in his book "The Age of the Avante-Garde" or in much of his contemporary reviews. I barely see them in "The New Criterion" the critical review he founded after leaving his position as the art critic of the New York Times.
Jonathan Jones, the Guardian art blogger asks "What's Happened to Figurative Art?"
He argues that we cannot go back:
And finally a current art dealers take on what she thinks art is in the New York Times, December 1st 2013.
“Objects have their own integrity and energy, which is something people who live among objects understand,” Ms. Greenberg Rohatyn ( Art Dealer) said. “They speak to each other, creating a dialogue, which is what personally gets my heart beating.”