I have had long and intense arguments with artists, many of whom I find pedantic, crass and unrelenting in their criticisms of others but unable to take it themselves. My argument, with rare exceptions, is not that their or anyone else's art is good or bad, but what determines art? Is it fine art, or as a friend of mine says, bathroom art? There is no denying the creator had a vision but the rub comes on how skillfully it was rendered. And there in lies the rub.
|Jane Perkins rendition of Vermeer|
I have chosen her rendition of Vermeer's timeless "Girl With A Pearl Earring" surely one of the loveliest portraits ever rendered and her version of one of Van Gogh's equally timeless "Sunflowers."
|"Girl With The Pearl Earring" by Vermeer|
|"Sunflowers," by Jane Perkins|
It is true that there are usually several movements butting against each other at the same time. When the Armory Show hit the United States in the early 1900's, exposing the mainly Impressionist, Expressionist and early Cubist movements in Europe, most American artists were involved in something else. Sure Whistler, Hassam and others had seen the "light" in Europe but it had yet to make much of an impact here. Yet, that show changed American art almost immediately. Artists and collectors were either "for" or "against" what they had seen or heard about. In any event, it changed American art forever and unleashed the permission to create just about anything.
Artists here and abroad chose another path and whether we agree or disagree, they are a form of art. By recreating a form of collage they created something not really so different from artists that came before. The debate that will rage in many circles, like the Laguna Pageant of the Masters who uses humans to recreate great works of art, is it art? I sure hope they used good glue because with so many pieces, time is not always a kind preserver of things; pieces will fall and be lost.
What do you think?
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