My 12 year old son presented me with this challenge a couple of weeks back, and I’m proud to say that I got 9/11 answers correct – all that trawling through the ‘art‘ of Sean Scully, Michael Flatley et al must be paying dividends! I posted the simple quiz on my “Collect Ireland” site but was surprised by the lack of feedback!
It only takes a minute – see how you get on click here: Modern Art or Toddler Art?
According to Google – 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.
To Plato, art was imitation of nature, but in the 19th century, photography took over that function, and in the 20th, abstract art overturned the whole notion that art was about representation. And although art meant skill early on, conceptual artists elevated ideas over execution. So what is art? Does it have to be beautiful? Expressive? Original? Uplifting? Intellectual? Mentalfloss.com
“Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers – and never succeeding”.
– Marc Chagall (1887–1985) Russian-French Expressionist artist.
Just a few thoughts on which to launch the blog and rather than go on at greater length here I’m going to suggest that you may like to read this essay by American Artist/Graphic Designer – David Lance Goines.