Monday, June 1, 2009

How to explain the power of abstract art

Pablo Picasso in describing his art once said " The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape"...

Abstract art can incorporate all these diverse sources and produce an original artwork that explodes with color, excites the imagination, angers some skeptics, dismissed by traditionalists, but exists for its own sake. Contemporary abstract, modern art can open galaxies of new thought. Be critical of government and their policies, shame institutions that despoil the planet, depict man's brutality to man without representational images. Abstract art can also shock and anger individuals who disagree with the artists methods. Outrage others with their prices- $100,000,000 (diamond encrusted skulls) or bring delight to children. Art, skilfully employed, can soothe tired minds, drive men to war, sometimes a bidding war, across continents.

Do you have any thoughts on the power and potential of abstract art? How it could be used to move humanity to share and end poverty and disease? Have you visited the Rothko Chapel in Houston and felt the power, the silence, the awe? Yet, to reduce it to fundamentals, only paint was used in the most basic and abstract manner. But the calm that is felt is indescribable. Comparable only to Monet's 'Water Lilies' room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

1 comment:

  1. As a non-artist, be honest doesnt know much about art, much less abstract art...your writing is quite inspirational, motivational and moves me to thought.