All artists reflect the ideas of their times, but it is given to some artists to reflect the intellectual romance of their time… The romance of an idea, made visible, becomes in a way a critique of the idea, a revelation of its fragile human basis, and therefore of its contingency, even its absurdity. ~ Adam Gopnik, Quoted in The Ongoing Moment, by Geoff Dyer Continue reading Romancing the Idea
Roland Barthes‘ “The Death of the Author” comes to mind. Often, having written against the tight embodiment of the artist in the art work, this experiment came as an interesting surprise. And at such a large-scale too! On being asked about the same, Johny said, “Yes, it is a conscious decision as there was a lot of demand to do this fair in a … Continue reading Death of the Author, Finally?
A 2008 article on The Guardian, titled “The art of suffering” asks, Is it necessary for artists to make painful sacrifices in order to create good art? So do we, as today’s consumers of art, still expect its creators to suffer? Do we still picture them in a modern-day equivalent of the draughty attic? … […] an artist’s more profound suffering – whether emotional or … Continue reading Valuing an Artist’s Suffering
If you were a stickler for categorisation of books, you may put this under self-help or guides. The back of the book claims it belongs to ART/Creativity – but to my mind, this is misleading – to an extent. Yes, the book has been written for “in-service artists” (painters and writers, the author says), though I found the matter in the book quite relevant. … Continue reading Creative Authenticity: 16 Principles to Clarify and Deepen Your Artistic Vision; Ian Roberts