posted on Nov, 8 2012 @ 03:11 PM
I totally get the whole argument. Being an artist myself, I have often visited modern art museums and wondered how in the world those artists can get
away with selling such beginner looking art for such insane amounts of monies. Well, beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder...I have sold many
paintings in galleries in Manhattan, and most of the ones I sold were ones that I had poured much emotion into, but did not think they were that great
at all. And the ones I never sell, are the realistic paintings/drawings. Thomas Kinkade I am not
Though I have done some realistic scenes
before...I find them tedious, and boring as hell to paint.
I have always laughed at "art competitions" because it seems as though most "normal" people will only like stuff if it is photo-realistic, and they
can understand what it is they are looking at, and can categorize it neatly into their little categories of what stuff is. So what if you can copy
from life accurately...does that make you a "better" artist? It is subjective to be sure.
Personally I really enjoy art when it evokes some form of response, or emotion from me. Especially when you find out the story or stories behind the
artist and the painting or paintings. For example, I painted this picture while I was homeless, living in Brooklyn, and was in love with a girl from
the Bronx. It was for her...I was, at the time, heavily drinking whiskey and poured so much emotion into this painting. It is not photo-realistic, but
has so much sentimental value to me and her (I'm not with her anymore, but we are still friends, and I gave her the painting which she still has
hanging in her apartment to this day) :
Acrylic on canvas 6" x 9"
So, in my opinion...I believe that art is what you make of it...it can be anything...and it's value is subject to many, many factors. Such as the
collector's sentimental value of it, whether or not the artist is alive to make more art, whether the art inspired a movement...etc. Cheers, and happy
edit on 8-11-2012 by AutOmatIc because: spelling