January 8, 2016

Painting With The Girls 8

January 8, 2016.

Day 8 (358 days to go)

Postcard watercolor, collage 5X7

 

What is art?

Many agree that one definition for art will never satisfy anyone. We all tend to disagree on this issue. Nevertheless, the current definition of art by Merriam-Webster is:  “Art is the expression of human imagination, through creativity applied in visual forms, such as painting or sculpture or all other forms of expression as music, theater, cinema, dance etc.”

Seven Days in The Art World, a book by Sarah Thornton, 2008 a New York Times bestseller, shows us different points of view in recent art history. Life narratives are set in New York, Basel, Los Angeles, Venice, Tokyo and London. I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to have a glimpse of the world of curators and wealthy buyers.

What I found most interesting in this book was an MFA class taught in Los Angeles (Cal Art). Students focused on the process of concept exclusively. I found it to be interesting and refreshing because we tend to focus on the technique and aesthetics of art as viewers.