Wednesdays words of Wisdom: mothers versus modern art

So this article over at IAM on their Curator magazine was written in April but I am really intrigued by the author’s perspective on the need for art to move away from merely self expression to art that recognizes that the viewer has a role to play.

Artists in this culture find it an insult to have to sit down with an art-illiterate person to explain their work. It is beneath them; the work should speak for itself. But what if it doesn’t? What if someone needs help in understanding why an artist’s work matters?

This is troubling. If an ordinary person, like my mother, has no interest in stepping into the National Gallery on her vacation, then art has become entirely irrelevant to the general public. Visual art does not matter anymore. It holds no power to move culture, to touch children, to change hearts and minds.

Please read the whole article here.

I agree wholeheartedly with her view and I think that a movement towards local artistry and local galleries is a great step in the right direction. I would love to hear your reflections on what you see?


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