Is “art” really in the eye of the beholder? The Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy (“What is art?” 1896) believed that the sole purpose of art was to express moral values, not to simply express form and beauty. That’s his opinion…but what about “art for art’s sake” for goodness sake? And what is it that separates kitsch from mass-produced pop art by Andy Warhol? Economists would say that “scarcity confers value” — meaning that unsigned, un-numbered photocopies of Warhol’s greatest pop art are almost worthless, whereas a crusty old 2nd-rate oil painting by Turner or Rubens is deemed priceless. Does “art” only become valuable when it is purchased by some very wealthy art collector, or does it have some other inherent value? How do we know?
- The rising tide of Charm-bracelet art? Jeff Koons’s Puppy versus Serra’s Tilted Arc
- Just hanging out
- Sarah en decembre
- Shelley & Jason
- Winter is coming
- Shelley. School’s in.
- Heath on Labour Day
- Kristen, Old Home Week in PEI
- Destroying symbols of evil, and praying for peace & tolerance…public art as flashpoint
- What to do with a prize-winning cow on stilts that gives no milk?!
- Sandi on a rainy Sunday
- locations of Henry Moore works worldwide
- works by Antoni Tapies
- works by Banksy (UK graffiti artist)
- works by Christo Javacheff & Jeanne-Claude (environmental artists)
- works by Eduardo Chillida
- works by Frank Gehry (Barcelona fish)
- works by Henry Moore
- works by Joan Miro
- works by Picasso
- works by Richard Serra
- works by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant and Obama Progress)
- works by Yaakov Agam