HomeArticlesI Could Do That | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios I Could Do That | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios By Frank Lundy September 15, 2019 Articles, Blog 100 Comments Tags:carl andre, Cy Twombly (Visual Artist), eca hesse, felix gonzalez-torres, gabriel kuri, Guerrilla Girls (Person Or Entity Appearing In Film), hannah hoch, hans haacke, i could do that, john green, Joseph Beuys (Politician), joseph nicephore niepce, lynda beglis, pbs digital studios, piero manzoni, Piet Mondrian (Visual Artist), richard tuttle, rick lowe, rirkrit tiravanija, sarah urist green, shigeko kubota, the art assignment Related Posts Kerry James Marshall Interview: Paint it Black UNH student arrested for vandalizing outdoor artwork How Bruce Lee Changed Martial Arts Cinema – Part 2 | Video Essay About Author admin 100 Comments Sophia Antropova March 18, 2019 What a great video! ❤ thank you Reply pstotto March 18, 2019 Vermeer goes into a gallery and sees 'View of Delft' and frowns… "Pfuh, I could do that." Somebody else approaches him and says "You did do it" and he goes "Oh yeah, I forgot." 🙂 Reply William DeRaymond March 18, 2019 There is truth to the statement, ‘if you want an abstract painting, do it yourself.’ It isn’t rocket science. It helps to have a playful and exploratory attitude towards color and brush. Now to say anyone could paint (like) a Cezanne or a Van Gogh or a Gauguin etc, that would be a little more of a serious (but still joyful) endeavor. Reply Tom Main March 18, 2019 A really good book I read on photography (more so the artistic) was “why it does not have to be in focus” by Jackie Higgins. Admittedly there were many pieces in the book that left me asking the same question at first glance but the book is excellent at explaining the process and the thought behind the piece and the photos made perfect sense after and I left understanding why so many of them were considered works of art Reply Idun Rudemo March 19, 2019 What frustrates me about some art is that it is respected and valued because of the artist, the name is what matters. Reply Não Morra March 19, 2019 It was a tower of sponges! Reply Barry Keegan March 19, 2019 I’d prefer to see a different category/subject attributed to ‘work’ like this though. Like ‘expensive experiential thought project’, maybe abbreviate it into Eetp (doesn’t that have a nice ring to it), and then have Art stand for anything where a combination of skill, effort and inventiveness is demonstrated. Reply MrManUnicorn March 21, 2019 just, no. Reply Daniel Bedford March 24, 2019 I like your nose, eyes and lips. Reply Osmdogee March 24, 2019 3:54 vagina painting….. REALLY? Reply Turner Daniels March 25, 2019 Really what you should ask is: “Should I do it?”As in WHO WAS IN THEIR RIGHT OF MY WOULD PAINT WITH THEIR VAGINA?But it also adds to inspire the viewer to possibly do that level of art *with what appears to be no technical skill*. Reply classyfrag March 26, 2019 I feel like she is trolling us. Reply Azidoazide Azide March 26, 2019 Art that has to be in a gallery to be art isn't art. Sorry, the sad fact is that much of contemporary art is lazy and actual garbage. Some people just need to stop bullshitting, admit that some "artists" are dishonest, and stop making vague excuses for how something should be considered art. Reply Joyce Pinto March 27, 2019 overthinking art ALWAYS leads me to an existential crisis. in the end it is all feels so….pointless. Reply 4443a4 G March 27, 2019 its not necessary to explain all aspect of art, but when theres no inherent meaning to anything in the actual art then it loses all meaning. Reply Aoudhubillahi March 27, 2019 Painting, music, etc. draw on traditional training in the discipline or draw on non-traditional or unconventional training to create and compose artwork. Example would be the Hip-Hop genre that used sampling, etc. originally without a lot of literal composing through reading and writing musical notes. They created true art. Later many Hip Hop artists became reading, writing in musical notes types of artists. So to not be Classically trained in painting does not necessarily mean that you could not do an abstract or minimalist piece such as a Mondrian, or a Callum Inness or a Rothko or even a Picasso. You should not dissuade people from following and replicating great artists. Today we are looking at abstract painters do very large canvasses using a screeding technique. Not even using paint brushes. The works are exceptional, and someone looking at it would say, "I could do that.", and technically it is true. But, technically you also have a point in saying, "But you didn't." I like to say that about people who fail to quote verses of Holy Scriptures on social media, or even a one sentence Proverb of Solomon (to draw on the Spirit of God, and spread positivity). And then they look at me quoting and say, "I could have done that." and again that reply is no place more appropriate, "But you didn't." Reply Punav Mirlekar March 30, 2019 if the strokes are good…. draw something which passes on a message! Reply Jacob Lee April 2, 2019 My father and I we're at the MoMA in Los Angeles, we came across an installation of stacked and previously used five gallon paint buckets. My father paints houses for a living. We have a similar installation in our backyard. Reply Carol Norton April 3, 2019 I could paint that highlighter stripe down the center of the presenter's nose , and the triangles on the sides and make them look much more like light and shadow than this, but that does not make me an artist. Hell, Kim K. could do better than this. Reply shen bapiro April 4, 2019 Something can have meaning while not being art, so shut the fuck up Reply trev moffatt April 7, 2019 Basically if you don't recognize the gallery as a sacred space, as a secular church as it were, then you're not gonna get the subversion of conceptual art. For instance, take an upside-down crucifix. To some Buddhist in Outer Mongolia – it's no big deal. Just a boring object. That's because the Outer Mongolian Buddhist never venerated the crucifix in the first place. He has no knowledge of the potency of the symbol because he's living outside of a Judeo Christian culture. Likewise, with people born outside an artistic habitus, they don't really understand the symbolic language. Art is a religion they have never been indoctrinated to worship, so why should they understand artistic blasphemy? The subversion of the gallery space holds no real potency for them. It all looks abit pointless and silly. A cigar is just a cigar as it were. Reply Steve Fournier April 7, 2019 It’s not about copying the art but about the idea behind the actual painting. I can copy artists, but when it comes to create a painting, that would take months and years before an idea hits me! That’s what an artist is, creator, inventor, and artist. Reply Coy Hampton April 8, 2019 I once tried to copy a cave painting that I thought was interesting. Easy, right? It's a cave painting. LOL. I ended up with a painting so bad I refused to show it to anyone. Finally I had to admit that there was some dude in a cave 10,000 years ago that was a much better artist than I am. Reply Jesse Krauß April 8, 2019 My answer: "Oh, you're an artist, too? How interesting! I always wanted to talk to a real artist. What are you working on at the moment?" Reply drmodestoesq April 10, 2019 There's a conspiracy theory going around. It has actually be included in films that deal with art. It states that the powers that be put a massive economic impetus behind Abstract Art. Why? Because it was completely apolitical. Reply Scary Kloky April 12, 2019 Well personally art needs to show what it's idea and thought was. You shouldn't need to read the artists biography and some weird complex explanation. A normie should able too see and understand the meaning without having such a hard time. It can be simplistic or complex, needing skills or not but scribbling on a papper with a crayon don't portray an idea nor feeling but paint drippings on a canvas can portray at least a feeling. Reply RezMela April 12, 2019 The fact that she has to spend some much time arguing … defeats the purpose, let people like whatever they want… and hate whatever they want, nothing objective about Art … Reply Neon Oh April 15, 2019 Yes Reply bhuwan shah April 19, 2019 When i say i could do that and i don't do it because this art is not at all art. Morden art is bullshit and i wouldn't spend a second making something bullshit rather spend time on making art. And i don't think you know anything about art Lady. I create music and also write. I know what is Art. You don't. I will still say,"I can do that". You're explanation is actually stupid where as trying to sound so intellectual and smart, you're video is not all good. And i suggest not to talk about Art. Please don't. You don't know what is true Art. Reply bhuwan shah April 19, 2019 paintings back in the days- True, About reality, Striking colours, showing different world, changing perspectiveHard to imagine and double hard to make today's paintings-Shapes, one line on a sheet, Invisible painting, nothing to imagine and impossible for sane people to do because of how bullshit it actually is. Reply Cucked by Satan April 19, 2019 Sometimes the “I could have done that” response is the point. Like Dadaism is intended to highlight the absurdity of how people view art. Duchamp’s readymades aren’t supposed to demonstrate talent, they are supposed to be a critique of art itself Reply Flame Prince April 21, 2019 Been watchin this channel for a while but just had to say that this channel is fucking amazing Reply vijara chakra April 23, 2019 nah…just lazy people making lazy arts and give it poetic title. Reply Mr. Songib April 23, 2019 You can do that but sometimes yo just to lazy.let's be honest here, everyone can replicate something they just choose to not do it. because they don't know how to do it, or just being lazy. i mean everything has knowledge about how to do it. but if we don't we need to know how to do it, and then we can make them. go search the plagiarism art, you know someone can do it. but you cannot copy the first art itself, you never can do that. time is in the consideration of the art and Physics for us is the barrier to copy a thing. but you can replicate and You Could Do That. if people start to think like this videos being so mean, you never want to try in the first place. this videos not answer "I Could Do That" it feels like mumbling for me. what i get from this video is doing art is hard and it's stupid. art or anything public is become mean after some people decide to like it. so for me art is about how you like it not because in the mainstream of art. Go try replicate and do it what you can do and if you find happy doing it, congrats you just make art and you the one who likes it in the first place and you the first who feels cool about what you're doing. Reply Mark Brigante April 23, 2019 Preschool art sucks Reply Liv Ansdell April 30, 2019 my main goal for 2019 in regards to both my own art and others is to focus more on intention other than the actual finished product Reply joseph liao April 30, 2019 For the cubism just use masking tape 😂 Reply Pat W May 1, 2019 challenge accepted. Reply Hadoken May 2, 2019 The problem with this approach is that if the piece itself doesn't convey it's meaning well enough or at all, that you need to read a paragraph of pseudo-philosophical jargon or tome of sociological studies and biography to supplement the piece by a magnitude of 99% then the piece itself is moot, a falure, reduntant for it achieves nothing and all the essense is in the text. The presenter's excuses that she has no problem with this supplementation or that one needs to necessarily know the details of the personal, political and social situations surrounding these art pieces are just that, excuses, for her (because then her job and if she has studies around this type of art, her degree), for the individual artist, for the whole establishment which promotes only this type of work, because it must be crushing to realize it's all a waste. It's also a sort of sleight of hand to mask the very fact that it's, in most cases, plain to see that much of this is simply vacuous pieces trying to be weird, mystifying and perplexing for the sake of it, a clickbait of sorts, with no deep idea or meaning at first, but whatever is read into it can be later adapted, such as the retroactively adapted meaning of the clocks in the example given. If a traffic light can tell you what it wants in a flash so well that even colorblind people or stray dogs can get the message, then so should any art piece. If we then wish to discuss the deeper consequenses of the traffic light we can. But if the creator wished us to think of them, he would and should have given us a hook as do so many great artists… otherwise that wasn't his intention. And this is the crux of the argument behind the "I could do that", which comes from both laymen and accomplished artists, it's that what these works are essentially is a badly designed riddle. If there is no way to solve it, if there is no way to reveal the mega-truth the artist is trying to convey other than he or the museum flat out tell you in a different kind of media all together, then it's just junk, and to say differently is to be highfalutin, to sniff one's own farts in order to mask the true circumstances which brought this whole wave of low skill, high volume, low meaning, high bullshittery art industry about and that's simply money… Because after WW I it was discovered by good marketers if you could convince the newly rich merchant hag who sold her small piece of land in the country and struck it rich with her corner convenience store and now wanted into the salons of the old, educated aristocracy that that guy Picasso for instance, was the next new big thing, and you sell her his painting done in a day for $5000, you can sell her and this new market of idiots 100 pieces in the same time it would take a more refined art piece to be produced. And if you can make a wave of that, and convince investors that their money is safe investing in one of these things as if it were gold, then all the middlemen, which is the art schools, the museums, the brokers, the auctioners, the artists and people like the woman in the video, get to make money out of selling crap, literally. It's no accident that these people and the museums supporting this type of art are also heavy into govenrment grants and support, which means you pay for this stuff whether you like it or not. There are two extremes this type of work can be…brilliant or trash. Now when you've seen a masterful comic artist who can take chalk, graphite, ink, crayon, or a pen and masterfully create a line which just in and of itself, via control of it's thickness, sweep, shape can convey it's own beauty, all in one stroke and this poor hipster girl tries with all her pathos to convince you that the scribbles you see have just as much mastery if not more, she's asking you to believe her words and not your eyes, because she supposedly knows best and she's got the ugly haircut and the problem glasses to prove it. Sorry hun, I'll take a Frazetta, a Wyeth, a Pyle, a Rembradt or a Leonardo any day of the week. Reply Julie C. May 5, 2019 Is that a bottle of booze in the background with a book near it titled “Do It”? Suddenly I want a drink…. Reply Skye S May 6, 2019 Nonsense… those scribbles are bullshit Reply Takwin May 8, 2019 The Twombly one DOES look like kid scribbles. I am a teacher and I have seen doodles on a quiz better than that numerous times. I am absolutely not being ironic or trying to pick a fight. 5th graders draw better than this while daydreaming. Reply Jupp Soetebier May 8, 2019 How many artists came here and then reposted the link to Facebook for family members to see? Reply devourerofbabies May 9, 2019 Insufferably snooty video. Reply Ratko Torma May 10, 2019 Let's pretend to admire this pece of shit so that we do not fall out stupid and ignorant because somebody explained us that it is a masterpiece. Of course I can do it but i'd rather use canvas to paint something on it and there is no need to be a genius to pull off the lines with oil paint. Reply Hence Forth May 11, 2019 Hey Sarah. Where can I get your necklace? I love it. Reply entiretinofsweetcorn May 12, 2019 The Gonzalez guys PARTNER getting aids and dying but not him makes it sound like he contracted it by having sex with someone else, which is honestly a bit disturbing, then againthey were gays so what can you expect Reply Morcio May 13, 2019 One of the best videos ever. Reply Armand Petzer May 18, 2019 Many art is not art. People just call it art. It is actually just a concept being depicted. Reply Joseph Critchley May 24, 2019 Useful video. Just want to express a view or two of my own – Scribbles and scrawls and doodles are not just for kids, adults can and do use these techniques to great effect. Also, just because a piece of work is made by a child (or even a baby) does not necessarily mean it will be ugly. Many people, myself included, find art made by young people very interesting, charming, funny and sometimes moving! Picasso spent his whole life trying to draw like a child and if you love art you will understand why. Reply Sean Murphy May 27, 2019 Hanging the Windows 95 color palette on a wall, which almost anyone could do, is not art, yet the Met went right ahead and did it. Modern art is a CLUB. End of story. Reply stephen blessed May 28, 2019 Instead of having someone TRY to make a painting, she blathers on for five minutes forty seconds. Most modern art is a bunch of crap. Coming up with some long winded pretentious b.s. doesn't make it any better. Calling two clocks on a wall art is absurd. You could find the same thing on display at Walmart. Describing the Cy Twomby piece …"they may be scribbles, but they are fricken amazing scribbles'"… What a load of crap. True art doesn't need to be explained. Reply Angel Toro June 8, 2019 Hello Reply D. Gata June 9, 2019 Everything is fine, easy to understand, easy to accept, even funny, until we read the price of that "wooden spoon buried in a piece of shit on a hand of a mannequin" And then we see his "creator" rise above applause and praise from a whole ridiculous generation of curators and galleries, which in turn rise on mountains of money and fame. Really bitch? lol….. I love it anyway. Reply Kshitiz Suwal June 12, 2019 This video is so pretentious Reply Neil Aspinall June 16, 2019 Cy Twombly is a joke that I am still waiting for the punch line. Calling what he did real art is an insult to real art. Reply 9aguirre June 26, 2019 Masterful scribbles are still scribbles. The intention alone does not justify a crap product. If you don’t talk it up, like art critics and gallery owners do, it remains a crap scribble. When I eat a meal, I don’t care if the chef just lost his gay lover, or was a former political prisoner. The importance lies in the food. With modern art, its seems like it is mostly about everything except the actual piece. Reply AnxeLupe June 27, 2019 All I know it's many of the things you call 'art' in this video are worth hundreds if not millions of dollars. Not surprisingly, all this kind of forms of 'art' emerged in the 20th century… alongside the market, the bank system, and all the lack of virtuosity joint with superficial thoughts of our times. I beg to differ, but people peeing, piles of sweets, a table with some dirty dishes, and (as I recently heard) a man eating his own shit it's simply NOT art to me.By the way, can you draw? Reply Gadhiya Parth June 30, 2019 I'm just waiting for my little 5 yr old nephew to become a child art prodigy, because as critics say this days, the mindless scribbles and White canvases are better than technically done hard work paintings. This days,all you gotta do is just be mindless and do abstract. Reply Fred Thomsonthomsonf July 3, 2019 The art is not the art itself, but to make people believe it is a work of art and therefore paying millions for the feeling of not being part of the mass who use common sense and therefore can feel exclusive and superior as in “You do not have the means to pay for what is incoherent and illogical therefore I really am superior to you”. Reply lester andes July 3, 2019 Just your Blah blah blah blah blahs I can do that too! You are like my uni classmate who tries hard to over-intellectualize everything! Reply Shubham Shukla July 7, 2019 How about a canvas with red dot in the middle sold for millions Reply Shubham Shukla July 7, 2019 A guy screaming in a rhythm and a Good signer can anyone say that the guy screaming is just as good as the Good singer,……….. No!!!!!!! Reply Sean Murphy July 7, 2019 So, it's not the work of art itself, its the narrative that you write to go along with it? Reply Hudjimin July 11, 2019 The fact that you have to defend it so hard should tell you something about its value. Its shit. Also the Square painting in the beginning is mirrored. So its so arbitrary that you cant even tell if its mirrored or upside down. Pointless valueless trash. Reply Zay Gezunt July 14, 2019 How many people look at Caravaggio's 'Conversion of St Paul' and say "I could do that"? Reply Uncle Brizz July 15, 2019 There is no denying: yes, some art absolutely takes no skill to do. Reply Daaver Shah July 15, 2019 Selling shit in style. welcome to the internet Reply bogdan jaja July 15, 2019 pretentious f…,really two clocks =ART Reply torq July 16, 2019 In the age of digital media, this discussion is really important. As a 3D Artist, an endless number of people can do what I do. Why I do it may sometimes be the only thing, how you can stand out Reply Lila MacKinnon July 17, 2019 I love this channel so much, its super helpful for people like me who have little access to the fine art world outside of the internet. Reply Bobby Brake July 21, 2019 “They’re freakin amazing scribbles!”Translated: I have no way of explaining why these lines are significant, but I was told they are important, so I believe it. Reply Alex Newman July 22, 2019 Great answer – loving these vids Reply Chante Moody July 22, 2019 Honestly, I think every single person in this world could be an artist. Because there are so many mediums, and so many styles, and so many different imaginations. I think a lot of famous paintings COULD be done by toddlers; but, they are still art. Even the pieces made by toddlers, children, and teens create are still art, whether or not they received any formal training. They may or may not be good art, but they are still forms of art. There are some simple artwork pieces that I think I probably could make, but I didn't make them. If they are good, I appreciate all of the time, effort, and money the creator of them put into it so that I and others could enjoy it. I believe everything created without a useful purpose, but only made with the sole purpose of being processed through any of the senses IS art! Some art is good, and some art is crappy, but it's still art. So, I think every piece shown on this videos is art. However, I didn't enjoy every piece. I KNOW, without a doubt, that I CAN create art exactly like Piet Mondrian, because I made some copies of them for fun. Yet, I STILL like his art! It also inspires creative ideas in me. So for me, the lake of technical skill doesn't cause this art to be worthless. On the other hand, most of Cy Twombly's art isn't good to me. I believe his art IS art; but, it just doesn't do anything for me. That doesn't mean it is worthless, because there are many people who do appreciate it. Also, I see some people in the comment section claiming that some people are too ignorant to appreciate certain kinds of artwork. I think that's a REDICULOUS claim! Art is subjective, so what is good to one person may be bad to another. To say that someone is "too ignorant to know what is and what isn't good art" is like saying "You're ignorant if blue isn't your favorite color," or "You're stupid if you like chocolate better than vanilla." What art is or isn't good is just an opinion, not a fact. What makes one opinion more important than another one? Sure, I might not know that much about a particular artist, but I do know what I like and what I don't like! Reply Me sol sol pizza July 23, 2019 I think that in this case we will not value de painting itself, but its history or contextSo, if it wasn't in that context it wouldn't had that importance or value. Reply SlushyOrangutan July 23, 2019 for all of you guys who are still freaking out about art and how "its just scribbles" or whatever, maybe people simply enjoy it and thats why they see it as good, is it wrong to enjoy something for the way it is? Reply Timothy Clark July 26, 2019 1. They did it because they have no real creativity.2. I didn't do it because I'm not a scam artist. Reply mehfoos July 28, 2019 Ok, how about this:1. If the artist truly had immense skill and still chose to come up with abstract art, they have to first prove they have technical skills.2. An art "expert" body has to undergo a double blind test to identify this art.3. Optional but recommended: The artist's explanation should be published in detail so that it's not left ambiguous, and more importantly to separate bs pretentious explanations from true intent. Reply scorpioninpink July 30, 2019 "I could have done that…" But you didn't. Reply Louis Ziemmermann August 2, 2019 Can you please do the case for twombly? Reply Marcel Moonen August 4, 2019 Some artist figured out that its possible to put stories in whatever object.if you are a great marketeer you can even get away with it and make some bucks at the same time. Reply Monika Munoz August 7, 2019 Personally, I think people saying 'I could do that' as a way of demeaning a piece of art is really sad. It's somehow bad or worth less because (in theory) you're also able to do it? Give yourself more credit. Reply GnosisMan50 August 9, 2019 The artists are bullshit artist and the one talking about it is complicit because she has taken the proverbial kool-aid hence goes about explaining abstract art in order for it to be understood and legitimized. But there is no justification, there is no redeeming value, meaning, or understanding in abstract paintings. Instead of going beyond reason, many abstract artists intentionally go against it to justify their pathetic existence. I’ve always believed that artists are suppose to have better eyes in which to see the world and their place in it. Unfortunately, what they often create is disingenuous and opportunistic because they can create anything they want, call it art, and make millions. Abstract art is a form of arrested development because it has no desire in making a transformative difference towards the evolution of humanity. Oh, you might say, that’s not their intent. Ok, fine. Then let’s take their art and print scarfs and curtains with them and even toilet paper because that’s all they are good for. And while this woman says it’s not easy to create “amazing scribbles” I feel she’s not being honest. Drawing is a skill. Being very skillful and creating exceptional art are two different things. You can be very skillful using all kinds of media but of what good is it if the visual images you are creating is that of a child? Will we ever have art that goes beyond this?Has the human mind exhausted itself in creating art worthy of humanity? Reply Ataensic Hahgwehdiyu August 10, 2019 The problem is not the lack of skill, it's the lack of art. Reply Garrett Hurt August 14, 2019 I’ve noticed in several of your on camera videos, there is a bottle of vodka (or perhaps other liquor) placed in room. Is this art? What are you trying to convey by moving an intoxicating substance among literary objects? Is it a cry for help? Is it a metaphor? Or is it an artistic physical representation of many artists that struggle with substance abuse while surrounded by the seemingly free space of art and literature? Perhaps it’s just a set decorators sense of humor. Reply Holly Dezonie August 17, 2019 Hey like this? Check out this instagram art page og.itwazntadream.art 🤔😁 Reply Fabian Rodriguez August 28, 2019 I think it all boils down to what we consider as a piece of art. The best answer that comes to mind is that what defines art must be related to a series of cultural, social, political and economical constrains. Put in another way, the aesthetic experience seems to have a subjective character; unless you want to relate that experience with a particular state of mind or a functionally similar state of mind… good luck with that. Reply Hailex August 30, 2019 Very well spoken. Reply Dan A August 30, 2019 If you need an art degree and mental gymnastics to see why it is good. Its not good Reply Vicky Rushton August 31, 2019 I'm sorry I'm still not convinced. I'm often reminded of the emperors new clothes. Whilst it is a skill to make him go around naked it's not art. Reply DAYBROK3 September 1, 2019 To those who are still saying that the mentioned works are snobbish are missing the point of the video, most were anti high art, and as such were don’t to poke the museums in the eye. Reply SMO A September 1, 2019 Loool I still could do that with oil paints STFU Picasso is not an artist!!!!! Reply SMO A September 1, 2019 Again I could do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Reply Menino01 September 2, 2019 "Art" is a social construction. Just because millions were paid for a piece doesn't transform it into art. Your argument is not convincing. Reply Nicole Nox September 2, 2019 I am an artist and I could have done many of these works…but I didn’t. That’s the point. Reply EdgerOG September 3, 2019 This video went over a lot of people's heads. Reply T33K3SS3LCH3N September 3, 2019 "If you think that a work of art should tell you everything you need to know without the help of wall labels and the like…"Sure, that isn't perfectly possible. And many works of art get a whole new dimension from this information. Especially all those artworks that ushered in new eras in some way. But I still think that this self-contained quality should play a role. That there should be a place for a "death of the author"-like view beyond literature, that both liberates arts from its creator and places the demand that the art speak for itself. I also think that technical skill is not just an end in itself, but a necessary tool to communicate an idea. Just like an author needs a certain level of language to bring their ideas across. Much contemporary art seems to fail at this hurdle, with viewers needing excessive amount of background information to understand anything. Or with no intended meaning at all, which seems to make many artworks superfluous. If I simply wanted to project my own interpretations onto things, I could do it about literally anything. One can overthink and philosophise about the silliest thing, no artist required. Reply ScrapArt September 4, 2019 STOP THE BULLSHIT Reply Don Bailey September 5, 2019 The disgrace of the modern art, the obscenity and defilement theDisgusting filth of the piss christIs the ripen fruit of the lack of sacredness intrinsically missing from its nature. Reply Diane Noren September 6, 2019 I have heard people say that about my artwork. I know they couldn’t. Even I could never reproduce a piece of my own artwork Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.