Is Art all over?

Every day I receive a “pile” of e mails from var­i­ous art news let­ters, mag­a­zines, gal­leries, artists, and art con­sul­tants.

I see the same kinds of art every­where. I see the same art that I’ve been look­ing at for decades. Is it true that noth­ing is orig­i­nal? Are new, and younger artists just repeat­ing what has gone before?

Is most of the art in today’s world deriv­a­tive? Where are the artists that make us think? Where are those that explode what has gone before, into art explor­ing new direc­tions, and new ideas? Has the art world become just anoth­er place where hype is empha­sized, for greed?

It seems to me that there is a lot of what I call “art polu­tion” in the world today. Why do it, if you have noth­ing to say?

If you feel gen­uine­ly called to be an artist, why not stay very still for a very long time, and lis­ten to your soul. Lis­ten to what it is inside you that has some­thing authen­tic to say to the world. Keep away from muse­ums and gal­leries and art peri­od­i­cals and inter­net art. Just make what express­es that which you need to say, tru­ly, from deep inside you.

This is what makes the Mozarts, the De Koon­ings, the Jaume Plen­sas in our world:
true authen­tic­i­ty and a vision to cre­ate out­side the accept­ed, con­trived, media seen every­where around us. Dear Artist, please be your true authen­tic self.

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2 Responses to Is Art all over?

  1. carole says:

    Date: May 16, 2011 9:14:39 AM PDT
    Like your blog.  What con­sti­tutes art ?  Graf­fi­ti Art ?  Com­put­er Art ? How to judge what is good graf­fi­ti and com­put­er art ?  Most are pol­lu­tion but even­tu­al­ly great artists will be iden­ti­fied here also. Best  Roger

  2. carole says:

    From: Glen Crooks>
    Date: May 17, 2011 7:00:09 PM PDT
    Hi, I have been think­ing along these lines but I thought that I was just ill informed because I nev­er leave the stu­dio. The work I do see I like but don’t love. None of it has the guts to insult me or the vision to leave me in awe. I miss the days when new work would just slap me in the face! But like I said maybe I should get out more. Glen

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