I’ve never been a fan of modern art. In fact, I would go as far as to say that, modern art is not really art.
Let’s look at the definition of art. Entering “define:art” on Google gives two results:
- the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.
The second definition is pretty vague – it’s more of a brief introduction to a definition, than a definition. The first definition, that gives us something to work with.
We can see from the first definition that art is composed of two parts:
- Creative skill
Art Requires Creative Skill and Imagination
I think we can all agree on this. Skill takes time, practice and self discipline to hone; and the degree of an artists skill is a reflection of their virtues.
An artist that achieves a great level of skill has worked incredibly hard. If an artist’s work can not be distinguished from that of a 5 year old, then that artist has not worked hard at all. They are not an artist, they are an intellectual fraud.
Look at these two sculptures by Michelangelo:
These sculptures are carved from stone, and yet, looking at them, you would except the slightest breeze to gently move the dress of the woman in each sculpture. You can feel the woman’s pain in the first sculpture, and the love for her child in the second.
I can’t even imagine the level of skill required, in order to make solid stone show emotion, and appear as if the gentlest breeze could move it.
Let’s take a look at two examples of modern sculpture:
I have to apologise. The last image there is from a UK council website, from an article about flytipping (in the UK, ‘flytipping’, is when someone leaves rubbish on the side of the street). It’s an attempt at making a joke on the internet.
Modern Art is literally rubbish.
The first two images are of actual ‘modern art’ pieces. The first is a pile of scrap metal. The second is a urinal. They require no creative skill whatsoever. No imagination.
What they do require, is nothing.
One of my favourite quotes is:
‘Man is a being of self made soul’ – Ayn Rand
And it is the soul that appreciates art. You can get an insight into a persons soul from the art they enjoy.
What sort of character does a man have to have, in order to value a urinal as a piece of ‘art’?
Robert Florczak did an excellent critique on modern art (shoutout to Jeanette from my facebook page for reminding me of this):
I don’t agree with everything that PragerU publishes, but this video is excellent.
So that was a bit more negative than I usually like, so tomorrow, I’ll post some awesome art, that is a testament to what man can achieve and be, rather than a representation of nothingness. There are some excellent artists around today creating breathtakingly beautiful art.