All the genres of art are, let's face it, confusing. Most of the time it really boils down to 'I like it' or "I don't like that'. I have a personal fondness for realism and impressionism, Da Vinci to Monet. This doesn't, however, stop me from enjoying some of Picasso's work and Van Goghs. many times, to appreciate a style that is outside our comfort zone, we have to learn a little about when the work was produced, the world at that time and the artist themselves. Placing a work into it's time frame sometimes leads to appreciation, sometimes not. There are certain works although I appreciate them, I just don't like them on a personal level.
Art appreciation is a very individual thing. Very few of us could look at 100 paintings and agree on which ones we liked. Abstract and academic art is often just not my cup of tea, but I respect the artists that stepped outside the box to create it. A Pollock to me is just drips on canvas, but to another person it's an incredible and vibrant masterpiece.
Today in the 'art world' there seems to be a preoccupation with abstract and expressionism. I see allot of new work that contains death and darkness. I'm not sure what this new genre is going to be called, but it seems to be a cry to return to some of the 'isms' of the past. Sometimes in the rush to produce a new work, it's seems technique and style are totally ignored.
So why the cave art buffalo on today's post? Picasso was greatly influenced by Neolithic cave art. You can see it's lines in much of his work. So even when a new 'style' comes along, it is rooted in something we have done before.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery