I'm sure this will get some flames or disagreements, but that's fine with me. Conceptual art is something that has consistently bothered me, even more so now that I learned all about its variations during the art classes I had to take during my freshman year.
No, I do not think that art is merely something created by someone who is able to draw realistically. Art is so much more than that. It's just when you get these crackpot "artists" who can't find any other way to express an idea than to tie a dog to a wall is when the limitations of human creativity start to worry me.
By the nature of conceptual art's name itself, it is meant to do exactly that: showcase a concept. It's just appalling to me how some of these "artists" can make millions of dollars by hanging a blank canvas in a gallery. Does that person hanging a blank canvas on a wall make the idea any different than if someone else did? What does it prove or mean? Should we even care?
Art and how it should be made or what it is has no definition. Philosophers for centuries have debated this. There are lots of important things to be learned, ideology-wise, from conceptual art, but it is my personal opinion that it requires far less talent and aptitude than the fine arts do and should be in a category all its own. I frown strongly upon most conceptual displays for their inanity and sometimes invasive methods which usually bring to light ideas at the cost of tradition and artisanship. That sounds close-minded as hell, and traditional art is not the only way to "unlock" new ideas, but for me, the insanity of most conceptual pieces completely overshadows the lessons the viewer is supposed to learn.
Free speech is a glorious thing which I hold dear. I wish to not silence these conceptual artists... just to be able to voice my
opinion, as well, and say that most of their work is complete and utter bullcrap.
Many of the examples in this stamp are conceptual pieces I learned about in my classes. They are intriguing, but simply not my thing. In order:
Chris Ofili's controversial painting, "The Holy Virgin Mary"
Guillermo Vargas's exhibition, Eres Lo Que Lee (You Are What You Read)
John Cage's musical score 4'33"
Vito Acconci's performance, Seedbed
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