ART | By Conor Martin
What is art? Or, more importantly, what has art become? Throughout history, art has been a means to explore and describe the mystery of life around us. It has been a triumph of determination to take a blank canvas and fill it with the work of our imagination. Art was about making something that allowed you to connect and share your most intimate thoughts with another person.
We used to show this through skill, but it seems that art is becoming less and less about the product and more about the story behind it.
Art is less a studied craft and more a contest of who has the "deepest meaning". And the meanings don't even have to be behind a decent piece of art to sell for millions.
Cy Twombly was a painter who lived in Rome in the 1960s and created works that sold for millions. The inspiration for his paintings came from the stories and myths of the Mediterranean. According to art critics, his painting Untitled (Rome) "shows an intensely physical human interaction with the canvas" and "serves as a direct link to the past."
What? Am I missing something? All I see are scribbles and smeared hand marks. And I'm not alone in this. Washington Post art critic Paul Richard describes Twombly as a "self-indulgent scribbler."
But we must be missing something, whatever it is, because someone paid nearly two million dollars to hang this painting in their collection.
Art should be about pouring your heart into something to create something only you could do. And that's what makes it unique and beautiful.
Anyone can draw scribbles--and that's why they shouldn't be worth a second glance. But we get drawn in by fancy descriptions and start to believe the dressed-up words. And, as a result, the real artists are pushed to the side to forage for scraps. This, unfortunately, seems to be the future of art.