Art Today… Where is it going?

As we all know, today virtually ANYTHING may be labelled “art.” In the last few decades, the (academic) purpose of Contemporary Art has been to continuously redefine the meaning of art. It goes something like this: Find a thing (or a combination of things) that has yet to be called art, then call it art, and it will be art. The problem is, if ANYTHING can be called art, then ultimately NOTHING is art. No one really likes what art has become, yet we collect and worship it because of its status and money connotations. Historically, art possessed some aesthetic value. Today, according to academia, art requires none. In fact, the more ridiculous an object or concept, the more likely some ambitious MFA will decide to label it “art,” and only the most prominent galleries and museums will be eager to show it. This may actually sometimes work… the juxtaposition of silliness in a sophisticated, high-tech, ultra-rich environment can be effective. But where is this leading us?

If we look at the reactionary nature of Contemporary Art over time, we see that ideals or schools inevitably caused their opposites to arise. Abstract Expressionism gave rise to POP, which gave rise to Photorealism, which gave rise to Bad Art, which gave rise to Neoclassicism which gave rise to Minimalism, etc. Okay, fine… let’s do it. Let’s explore the myriad possibilities… let’s exhaust them. Then, and only then, will we be forced to return to some kind of aesthetic. Because, after all, that’s the point. Aesthetic value is what pleases, what inspires, what expands consciousness the most. And that, folks, is why we are here on Planet Earth.

I often wonder what humans a few hundred or even thousand years from now may think of us when they examine some of today’s art. Are they going to think most of us we were utter cretins without a nit of taste. So what do we do?

Personally, I’m an advocate for a New Renaissance; the return of the epic, the glorious, the awe-inspiring, the divine. If artists can create a divinely inspired works of art, then perhaps we will have left some value for the world. I would like future generations to look back, and marvel at the majesty of nature we were able to capture… like the Great Pyramid, or David, or the Pieta, or Picasso’s “Weeping Woman.” Armageddon is not upon us. Rebirth is upon us. We are about to enter a Golden Age. It’s terribly exciting, and makes me proud to have existed during this marvelous era.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Privacy Statement