"The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need.
The world never needed Beethoven's Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it."

-Louis I. Kahn, Architect

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Con-(temporary) Artists

I think it would be more appropriate to rename so-called "Conceptual Artists" as "Con Artists". Here is a taster from Tracey Emin, the famous Con(ceptual) Artist. 
No need for any further arguments here, her work speaks for itself and is typical of this "Artistic Movement": no concepts, no ideas, this is lazy art (hence the title: "My Bed")...
Welcome to "Con Art"....

‘My Bed’: By Tracey Emin
The artwork generated considerable media furore, particularly over the fact that the bedsheets were stained with body secretions and the floor had items from the artist’s room (such as condoms, a pair of knickers with menstrual period stains, other detritus, and functional, everyday objects, including a pair of slippers. The bed was presented as it had been when Emin had not got up from it for several days due to suicidal depression brought on by relationship difficulties.
My Bed has very quickly come to symbolise a certain kind of art, usually referred to as conceptual art, which is appreciated by much of the art world.
From http://reemac.wordpress.com/2007/11/20/final-project-stage-1-contd/
Interesting reading:  The modern cult of ugliness: With desolate city centres and sordid 'art' like Tracey Emin's,  ROGER SCRUTON says the death of beauty in modern Britain is making us all ugly too

Jeremy Paxman gives up! The Turner Prize and Stuckists

Interesting url at www.stuckism.com/index.html

In the same vein:

Mark Kostabi, Con Artist (a documentary trailer):

F For Fake (Orson Welles)

1 comment:

  1. I just learned that philosopher Roger Scruton is reported having said that "the contemporary art-world is a con-trick."
    (Source: "Scruton on art and beauty" at http://www.spectator.co.uk/faithbased/3450051/scruton-on-art-and-beauty.thtml)
    Scruton is also defending the importance of beauty in Arts.