Another Abstract Art Debate
So we have another debate here about Abstract Art, Oh no here we go… Well I just wanted to add my 2 pence to the bottomless topic jar of ‘Is Abstract Art Really Art?’ I suppose you guessed with the name of this blog post ¨5 Reasons Why Abstract Art Belongs In The Rubbish Skip¨ what my opinion is on Abstract Art, and that’s all it is… my opinion.
That been said it is the right opinion and here’s 5 reasons why it rightly belongs in the bin with the rest of the rubbish.
The fact is the “Artist” isn’t expressing anything
That all might sound pretty hard, and I don’t mean to hate on Abstract Art or those who enjoy it and truly believe that there is something meaningful in it, that the “artist” is expressing some kind of deep emotion. The fact is the “Artist” isn’t expressing anything, there is nothing to see or anything meaningful in an abstract painting just as there isn’t anything meaningful or anything to see in a Rorschach inkblot test. Hey I’m not saying a Rorschach inkblot can’t look cool, but it’s not art.
Confusing Art and Aesthetics
I think we have to be careful that we don’t confuse art and aesthetics, what do I mean? Well just because something gives you a feeling of aesthetic beauty don’t deem it a work of art. We get many things in nature that can cause a feeling of aesthetic beauty within us without being a work of art. Take for instance a beautiful forest with its trees towering beside us, the cloud mass of an erupting volcano, waves crashing against the shore, these are all beautiful sights but aren’t works of art.
We could even look at it this way, birds singing, the sound of wild life in a forest, trickling water. People love to listen to these sounds as they are relaxing, but they are sounds, not music.
The thing is I’m not saying all Abstract Art is bad to look at, some of it can be aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but just because it is aesthetically pleasing doesn’t make it a work of art. Neither does the fact that the “Artist” balances his use of colors and values in his composition make him an Artist, that is just one area an artist should be proficient in. For instance, does the ability to play a note on a piano make me a pianist? And with that answer you have the answer to “does the fact an “Abstract Artist” can get the correct balance of color make him an artist”.
So that’s my 2 pence, I bet your thinking “Oh what a opinionated little fella” I know, I know, but that’s what blogs are for! Please feel free to throw your 2 pence in the mix, whether contradictory or in agreement, let’s have it. Opinions are opinions.
Also see this great Article Abstract Art is Not Abstract and Definitely Not Art, by Fred Ross