Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Who Looks Romantic Now?

"As a result of the poverty of modern life, we are confronted with the circumstance that art is more interesting than life." Robert Motherwell, 1944.
"The Romantics were prompted to seek exotic subjects and to travel to far off places. They failed to realize that, though the transcendental must evolve the strange and unfamiliar, not everything strange and unfamiliar is transcendental.

The unfriendliness of society to his activity is difficult for the artist to accept. Yet this very hostility can act as a lever for true liberation.Freed froma false sense of security and community, the artist can abandon his plastic bank-book, just as he has abandoned other forms of security. Both the sense of community and of security depend on the familiar. Free of them, transcendental experiences become possible.

Even the archaic artist, who had an uncanny virtuousity, found it necessary to create a group of intermediaries, monsters, hybrids, gods and demigods. The difference is that, since the archaic artist was living in a more practical society than ours, the urgency for transcendant experience was understood, and given an official status. Without monsters and gods, art can not enact our drama: arts most profound moments express this frustration. When they were abandoned as untenable superstitions, art sank into melancholy. It became fond of the dark, and enveloped its objects in the nostalgic intimations of a half-lit world."
Mark Rothko, 1947.

4 comments:

Underground Baker said...

Dreamy paintings. Lovely.
Could they be loaves of bread?
Ok, I'm kidding on the second one!

mister anchovy said...

Those guys were onto something. There is a desperateness and loneliness about American art of that period though, don't you think?

drunk punk said...

yes. right. I see. absolutely. good.

what?

god I'm thick.....

mmmmmmmmmmm...bread

Candy Minx said...

Oh Drunk Punk, I ramble but I am so happy you still tolerate my random posts about art and daydreaming and stop by to say hello.

Mister Anchovy, I tried to think about your question in my next post.

Underground Baker, well the Motherwell really does look like a loaf of bread doesn't it? These paintings are dreamy...and rejecting using obvious images. So it is not a surprise when a viewer responds by asking "what the fuck?"...that is exactly part of what the artist wants us to ask...not so we feel stupid...but perhaps to reach us on a non-verbal or non-intelelctual level...?