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PostSecret: It’s Not Art

Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

PostSecret: It's Not Art

I saw this entry on PostSecret last Sunday and it screamed to me. I have the exact same problem. Rothko? Nope, I can do a fake Rothko. I got one hanging in my living room right now. Picasso? Yep, I can’t even try to do that double face stuff. I don’t like how it looks, but I consider it art. Pollock? Nope, I can dribble paint all over huge canvases. The only thing that stops me is the fear of making a mess.

Ironically, I enjoy the work of the “non-artists” far more than the “real artists.” If I can figure out a way to do it, then I want to observe it more.

On another note, has anyone noticed the Modigliani imitations that are all over the place lately? At Prints Plus, Bed Bath & Beyond and even at my local art shop, there are Modigliani rip-offs all over the place. That’s another form of art that I don’t really care for, but since I can’t recreate it, it must be art. When I pointed out the many places with the Modigliani-inspired pieces, Mike just shrugged. Does noone care about this? It kind of bugs me that a bunch of fake art ripping off someone’s very distinctive style is floating around.

It’s like the Thomas Kinkade rip-offs that are everywhere. I worked in a place that had a three Thomas Kinkade rip-offs hanging on the wall in front of my face. The were hung in an uneven row (the middle one was slightly higher than the other two). I did my best not to look at them, but sometimes I was so bored that it was either stare at them or the person at the desk across from me. I hated those three paintings, just for being crappy rip-offs of a bland artist. Sure, I can’t do it, so he MUST be an artist, but that doesn’t make me like his work any better.

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  1. “Pollock? Nope, I can dribble paint all over huge canvases. The only thing that stops me is the fear of making a mess.”

    art isn’t about how difficult or easy it is to make, its about the feeling behind the artwork, and how it makes you feel when you look at it.

    Comment by mec — 8/22/2009 @ 12:15 am

  2. @mec

    That’s what people say when the art is crap. If I need a 15 minute monologue from the artist to tell me what it’s about and how I should react, then it’s CRAP.

    It’s not JUST about emotion, it’s about talent. There’s a ton of modern art that looks like a 5th grader spilled milk and smeared goobers over some canvas.

    Comment by CJ — 7/12/2012 @ 3:05 pm

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