Monday, 22 February 2016
Andy Warhol died 29 years ago today. His New York Times Obituary sums his life up pretty well... Needless to say that his legacy is still with us!
"Mr. Warhol's keenest talents were for attracting publicity, for uttering the unforgettable quote and for finding the single visual image that would most shock and endure. That his art could attract and maintain the public interest made him among the most influential and widely emulated artists of his time."
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
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Saturday, 6 February 2016
"In short, according to Danto the difference between the Brillo Boxes that are art and the Brillo boxes that are mere real things is that the former are about something: art. Remembering that the role of art is self-inspection, the Brillo Boxes are (to put the point briefly and inadequately) about the fact that art can be deadpan and mass produced rather than unique and deeply expressive. The Brillo boxes, in contrast, are not about anything at all: they are merely boxes for storing and transporting household products. Danto is giving us an account of the content of a work of art: that is, what we need to understand if we are to understand a work of art. Danto would agree that if one was faced with the Brillo Boxes and one did not know anything about “the atmosphere of artistic theory [and] a knowledge of the history of art”, one would not understand them. It would be as if one were in some foreign country and faced with an inscription on the wall of a church in a language with which one was unfamiliar. In such circumstances, one simply does not have the resources to understand it; it will remain there in front of you, enigmatic and beyond your comprehension. This, thinks Danto, is the position of the traditionalist when faced with avant-garde works of art; it is not that the works do not mean anything, it is only that the traditionalist lacks the resources to understand them." --- Derek Matravers, Introducing Philosophy of Art