Friday, July 12, 2013

Bad Art

Let me preface this post by re-iterating how much I love art.  If I could do anything for a day for just me, it would involve either producing some of my own art, or leisurely perusing art galleries.  The idea for this post came from a conversation about what people think about art and how different people, obviously, have different opinions.  I in no way shape or form believe that my opinions should be regarded as fact, because I can assure you they are simply my own thoughts and in some of these cases, emotions...bare with me and you will see why ;)

Dada. Yes, that is the name of the movement.  The Dada movement came about in response to World War I and you can read all about it {here}. In a nutshell "Dada rejected reason and logic, prizing nonsense, irrationality and intuition."  I don't know about you, but for me, my art needs to make sense.  And, since when did painting a go-tee on a print of the Mona Lisa cry out to the world "you really screwed up the world, World War I...shame on you!"?!?

My most passionate definition of "bad art" comes from Pablo Picasso.  Yes, I know he is one of the "game changes" in modern art.  Yes, I know he spear-headed the movement of Cubism which was a monumental movement that helped redefine who could call art, "Art."  But please for the love, explain to me how you can go from this...

to this...
I don't even know where to begin to express to you how much I hate this painting.  I have hated from the first moment I saw it in my eighth grade art class.  I have never like Cubism...its just too weird for me.  I don't know how to explain it other than whenever I see a Cubist work I just can't ever render a positive feeling from it. I also feel like Picasso WASTED his talent on this huge mess. Not to mention, its just a really vulgar paining. And it's of prostitutes.  Blah!
Phew...ok, just had to let all of that out ;)  I wasn't kidding when I told you I was the most passionate about this one.

Lastly for today, I bring you abstract art from Wassily Kandinsky.  Some of Kandinsky's work I do like.  But the composition pieces to me...are just bad art.
Here is the story behind this piece:
"An interesting story that indicates Kandinsky’s intellectual examination in the creation of his works revolves around this composition. He became exhausted during the months of studying he went through in preparation for this painting, and decided to go for a walk. His assistant at the time, Gabrielle Munter, who was tidying up the studio in the artist’s absence, inadvertently turned the canvas on its side. Upon Kandinsky’s return, he saw the canvas, fell to his knees and began weeping at the beauty of the painting. His newly found perspective on the piece would change his artistic vision and direction for the rest of his life" {via}
Maybe you have to have a really special part of your brain active to understand abstract art... because I surely have not shed any tears in thinking that this is a great beauty.  I like to be able to make out images...and that is really difficult for me in abstract art.  I do like that with abstract art, every one's interpretation will be different.  But I honestly would rather spend my time looking at other art then trying to decipher the abstract.

The great thing about art, it that you get to decide what you like and don't like; even what you consider to be art or not art.  What kind of art do you love, or love to hate?!?

As always...have a great weekend!!


  1. I know....that's a bit extreme for me. Picasso's work is definitely not my favorite. I'm getting giddy for you and your Europe trip...imagine all the art you're going to see!! Let's go to the art museum together sometime!

  2. I'm not an art buff by any stretch of the imagination (or an art anything really), but Picasso is also not my favourite. I went to MONA the new museum in Hobart last weekend. It's a collection of New and Old Art. and seriously...I didn't get it. Like at all.


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