Thursday, July 27, 2006

Childhood Memories



How My Mother's Embroidered Apron Unfolds in My Life, 1944 by Arshile Gorky, Seattle Art Museum.

Gorky was an Abstract Expressionist artist who immigrated from Van, Armenia and created a Russian background for himself and even took a Russian name. Once in America he was able to study art and teach himself to paint.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, Abstract Expressionists, but really all of todays modern art has degraded the meaning of what an artist is. They've de-valued the integrity of a person who either had a unique and rare inherent ability or would devote years of his/her life to study color, line, perspective, anatomy, facial expression, chemistry (such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Sargeant, Anigoni or Artemisia Gentileschi) and reduced it to the equivalence of a bad crayola drawing that has fallen into a puddle of water.

Jerry said...

Ah but even a bad crayola drawing in some sense is also art. They key is whether it's good or not, but I don't think you can categorize away something's status as art. A lot of atonal music is, in my opnion, junk, but I wouldn't say it wasn't still music.

Anonymous said...

well Jerry - bad atonal music isn't music - it's called noise. And Abstract Expressionism isn't art - it's meant to be put on a refrigerator with a magnet - at best

Bobo said...

My, my, my, Anonymous, you are a dogmatic one. Essentially, you have defined art for us all, which, essentially renders all those curators and museum directors and educators useless. Should art never change? Should representational art be the only art allowed to prosper and to be exhibited? Of course not. I myself am not drawn to this type of artwork but I would never go so far as to decree it non-art. I see art in everything - in the way people move and think and what they wear to Picasso to abstract expressionism - the artists you refer to are geniuses, indeed, but in the end restricted by the manners and style of their day - I would wager that Da Vinci would find the current art scene fascinating as it has become a whole new entity for a new world order - dislike what you will and admire what you like, but really, it is unfair to say that this explosion of color, this product of another person's mind, is not art because you have decreed it so.

Anonymous said...

oooh Bobo - well I guess it is art - because you have declared it so - I stepped on some tar in the street and wiped it on a sheet of paper - and if I didn't know any better it looks like modern art to me. What's it called again - oh yeah - expressionism. Gosh darn it - I'm an artist and I didn't even know it. Didn't even have to bother with years of hard work and study - it was pretty easy. Do you think if you and I put our heads together and try hard enough we can get it hung in some big fancy museum next to the gallery with the late Renaissance period? Bobo what an appropriate name - sheesh. As far as the curators and gallery owners go - they're the ones who declared this dreck as art - that's an entire other conversation on it's own. But I'll let you think about that concept on your own. Bobo

Anonymous said...

Hey where did all my playmates go? Jerry, Bobo - yoo hoo? —ZAC

Rrose Selavy said...

I used to think the same way you do because I have a hard time "thinking outside the box" myself. The truth of the matter is that after taking several art history classes I was much in awe of this kind of work and love it as being quite intellectual. Education, whether it be self or academic, is always important if you want to have solid opinions and offer educated arguments that are not antagonistic. Ive tried to be more expressive in my own art but Im only capable of going so far before it does look like something you wiped off of the bottom of your shoe. I admire those who have the sensiblities to create truely beautiful modern art-its not as easy as the untrained eye/mind may think. These pieces deal with deconstruction, light, color,emotions, etc. that are not as put together as the representational art that you love. At any rate the true beauty of art is that it is subjective- truly in the eye of the beholder. What is junk in your opinion today may be your favorite piece in the future. Art should not be pigeon- holed and as much as I love the classics that you mention I truly admire the ability to come away from yourself and create something completely unique. I think it is wrong to negate someone elses aesthetics the way you have-it is not in the spirit of an artists heart to do that.

olivia and trisha said...

Anonymous must be joking.
Anonymous must have wrote purely to get a reaction out of artists and real art lovers when saying Abstract Expressionists degrade what an artist is.
Surely you are not an artist, not yet.
OH my. so sad.

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