The Mystery Of The Missing Artists…

Art! Really! Experts Say So!

Art! Really! Experts Say So!

What is art? Asking that is among the easier ways for starting an argument. Asking the Oxford Dictionaries gets you:

1the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power:

But dictionaries can’t convey the qualities that keep a work of great art alive in succeeding civilizations over centuries and even millennia. Art professors speak of such things as universality and reflecting the human condition. You may decide for yourself.

Now that you’ve decided, it seems to me, that art has vanished from modern societies, at least in the West. And in my opinion, the era of its disappearance was the 1960’s. You may trace the end of representational graphics to the invention of photography or to the onset of the Progressive era if you wish and those are inarguable factors. But the grave marker for all art in general, remains the recent Age of Aquarius, when everyone under say, 30, decided to let it all hang out…and to trade Christian and Jewish belies with their personal responsibility and stuffy morality for free sex, convenience abortion and deification of the state, all a gift of female contraception via the god: Technology.

And here is the evidence: From that day to this, there are no paintings, there is no music, there is no dance and the only works rising to the status of literature are chronicles of human barrenness and misery. There are no doubt  small exceptions here and there; the human spirit is irrepressible. But nothing has reached out to the world, nor seems likely to do that.

Consider this: ART. This overview of painting will, I believe, serve fairly as a comment on the fine arts in general; disagree if you will. However, if art is a reflection of the human condition, how may it exist in a time when the traditional human values are discarded? When the founding Christianity of America and Europe is gone in favor of morally relative materialism, the human spirit is thereby denigrated; what remains is ugly as well as primitive. And those seem fairly to describe what passes today for art.

An artist needs inspiration; something to aspire toward, a message to convey, some belief to proclaim the importance of his comment. Short of those, he is no more than a camera. And of those, we have a great plenty.

It’s notable, I think, that some of the ‘great’ paintings illustrated in the linked article are nothing more than  blank, colored squares. They seem more representational than perhaps intended, though one can’t rule out an artist with a sense of humor…

Juxtaposed with this barren artistic horizon is the presently rich fertility of science, that is simultaneously handing humanity an enormous expansion of individuality, especially in communication and opportunities for understanding ourselves while presenting our governments with ever more efficient means for watching, controlling and killing us. This, in times past, would be fertile ground for artists whose work would enlighten us. But it remains today an artistically fallow field; even the prescience of science fiction is reduced to comic-book level. And the work of the scientists themselves is increasingly prostituted by political corruption, well illustrated by the controversies in present climate and environmental ‘science.’

The artists are the goldmine canaries in a society. Ours are telling us something by their very invisibility. But we don’t seem to be listening, or looking. Perhaps the booming tribal drumbeats and meaningless, grunted lyrics of what passes today for popular music is drowning them out… Or perhaps we’re past caring.

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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6 Responses to The Mystery Of The Missing Artists…

  1. the unit says:

    What would I know? I’ve been over 30 for more than 40 years now.

  2. As someone who is an art person, I’m going to disagree to a point. What the CRITICS and “scholars” call important or noteworthy, yes, a lot of times is crap. But that does not mean that there is not great art out there, just that the media is not necessarily a concerto, painting or sculpture or our taste.

    Right now, the best symphonic music being composed is movie scores. Plain and simple. Listen to it live and you will understand.

    Visually, fashion can be considered art, which is a statement in and of itself, as can architecture and interior design. There’s quite a bit out there that is interesting at the very least. It’s not sculpture or painting, but it is still art.

    The visual impact of CGI in movies is an art form. Computer graphics are an art form. These are media that did not exist before the last 40 years.

    I will give you literature as the 20th century got derailed when Steinbeck, Hemingway, Miller, and at least one other person had a running bet going as to who could write the most depressing stuff. Every now and then, a decent play comes out, but don’t forget, what we know as the classics were the cream of the crop of the day – or what sold (Jane Austen was considered junk in her time). The handful of great plays and novels written of late will join that group.

    Another thing to consider, is that the arts are dependent on patronage and what is produced, many times, is more along the lines of the taste of the person paying for it. That is DEFINITELY distorted right now.

    It could well be that the great artists are just not getting attention, and/or that the art apprenticeship and teaching system has been corrupted by the universities. There’s a lot to consider before saying great art is dead.

  3. Jack Curtis says:

    No disagreement; you’re right. Plus the ‘de gustibus…’ factor along with. But irrespective of what is happening in odd corners, the production of public, visible art, music, dance and whatever seems to me to have dried up and shut down. Even motion picture music seems more noise than music these days, granted a few exceptions.

    Perhaps the experience of artists in the Soviet Union may elucidate today for us. And as with that era, our media critics preside with approval in search of the benison of the almighty State. I’m not sure they even realize they are whores…

    You’re right, great art isn’t dead, no more than was Solhenitsyn but it is largely silenced in the public view, I think. And there won’t be much of it when it does come out.

  4. It’s mushroom mycellium isn’t it?

  5. Jack Curtis says:

    It has to flourish as it can, in the dark. Real art requires Truth, and that, the State cannot abide …

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