It was (may still be) a characteristic of art appreciation in ancient oriental art, specifically Japanese and Chinese, that recognised artists would
add their Hanko (signature or seal) to work of other artists as a sign of their approval. So it is not uncommon to see artworks bearing a whole
collection of hanko apart from the artist's own signature.
For the records, the Han part of Hanko means a judge / judgement /
This was apparently the reason (according to him) that
decided to sign his
name and validation “Vladimir Umanets, A Potential Piece of Yellowism”, on a Rothko masterpiece, hanging in London’s Tate Modern gallery.
Vladimir Umanets touts a bizarre artistic manifesto known as “Yellowism” that he says is neither art, nor anti-art, and this is seen as his most
brazen attempt yet to promote his cause. If you really want to, you can visit his
page. So his claim of validating this Rothko piece can be viewed
with some scepticism, but surely many truly recognised artists might also have put their "invisible" hanko on this Rothko masterpiece.
So I ask a very non judgemental and open minded - "Why?"
This event has brought a few questions back to life for me. An earlier thread The Modern Art
by Forum Moderator, Skyfloating, explored the relevance / value / whatever, of highly prized (or is that valued) art like that of Rothko.
Clearly there were many views expresses in that thread, but I want to explore whether there could be elements of the Emperor's New Clothes story
involved. Otherwise, I want to try to understand what makes such work highly prized by so many who we understand, have a great appreciation of art
... people like Rachel "Bunny" Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon, born 1910, now 102 years old (described in Wikipedia as an American horticulturalist,
gardener, philanthropist, fine arts collector, member of the International Best Dressed List and widow of philanthropist, art collector, thoroughbred
racehorse owner/breeder, and banking heir Paul Mellon). She has amassed a huge Rothko collection including one called Yellow Expanse, which seems to
be very correctly named. I will add an image later - having some problem uploading images - but meanwhile, this one can almost suffice. It is all my
own work. Any offers? It is available in any size you wish.
OK, I have many more other thoughts and artists to explore but meanwhile, start helping me to discover what it is I appear to be missing. Could it be
The King (Emperor) is in the all together
But all together the all together
He's all together as naked as the day that he was born.
or am I missing something? As someone with a pretty broad appreciation of art in all its forms, I need to fill this gap in my appreciation.
edit on 9-10-2012 by KenArten because: change to title