Artist’s Tales

Artist’s Tales

Mark Rothko, an American artist who described himself as an “abstract painter”, once said about art that he was not the kind of person interested in the relationship of form, color or similar. He didn’t define himself as an abstractionist, but rather as a person interested only in expressing basic human emotions such as doom, tragedy, ecstasy and so on. This was one person’s vision of art, but what do we mean by art today? Why is defining the concept so difficult? 

What is ART?

Art is a highly diverse range of human activities engaged in creating visual, auditory, or performed artifacts— artworks—that express the author’s imaginative or technical skill, and are intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power.

The oldest documented forms of art are visual arts, which include images or objects in fields like painting, sculpture, printmaking , photography, and other visual media . Architecture is often included as one of the visual arts; however, like the decorative arts, it involves the creation of objects where the practical considerations of use are essential, in a way that they usually are not in another visual art, like a painting.

Traditional vs. Contemporary Art

Traditional art aimed to represent reality or realism through narrative.

Whereas, modern art aimed to throw aside the tradition of the past and experiment with new ways of seeing and with fresh ideas about the nature of materials and functions of art. This type of art played and experimented with more bold and abstract ideas.

This period of art included a number of style’s or movements, including, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dadism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and many more. These movements were influenced by a variety of factors such as light, african art, asian art, and artist that were known as ‘Modernist Masters’, for example, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy and many more.

Pablo Picasso

Contemporary art is much more focused on social/society focused. They usually reflect or comment on modern society using new techniques and materials, such as videos/technology. Contemporary art can be completely new, or influenced by past artworks/artists. An example of contemporary artworks that were influence by previous artists/artworks are appropriation artworks, which use old images/subjects to create a new artwork that portrays a new perspective. Some examples of contemporary artists are Damien Hirst, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Marina Abramovic, Dan Christensen and Ronald Davis.

Ronald Davis: Snapline Series – 1974-78

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