Monday, June 27, 2011

How art is depicted in pop culture


My friend posted this on her Facebook profile and I thought it was one of those touchy subjects we don't like to talk about. Do you agree Dilbert's coworker Wally? Just for fun what are your opinions?

6 comments:

MARIA VILLIOTI said...

Hi Nicole. I wrote somewhere that the art το be art is not enough likes us, have to like it even in one yet. Of course what makes the art, commercial is a big story. What I am saying has nothing to do with public relations. Many famous artists I think is accepted only because they became famous through their acquaintances. You're not an artist because many people, know you. It's different not to know anyone your art, from not likes anyone your work.

vivien said...

Is Van Gogh's work art?

totally unsuccessful in his lifetime but totally respected now.

What is new, innovative, not the 'same old' often isn't accepted by the establishment or man in the street until much later in an artists career - or after their death.

What is accepted by the man in the street can sometimes be the sort of dross produced by the likes of certain artist beginning with K with his cutesy lit cottages.

Lisa Duncan said...

We all have to have some way to pay the bills, don't we? I admire the maker of the 'little lit cottages' for finding a way to make a living behind his easel. It's got to be better than slaving away doing some other things. My guess is that even he works on things that feed his spirit and his soul in his own personal time.

It would be an amazing world indeed if we could all forget about paying the bills and just create, alas, it's already been said: the 'greats' were paupers in their own age and only became popular and 'rich' after their deaths.

Gayle Mason said...

I think it depends on the needs, desires and ambition of the artist. Do they want to:-
pay the bills
be commercial
be liked and admired by a majority
be respected for doing their own thing, whatever that might be.

A combination of answers to the above and other questions probably decides the path followed.

Visions & Verses said...

Where to draw the line? I took my children to the Modern Art Museum last year and was dismayed at some of what was displayed at 'art'. I think it's dubious if you can't tell whether the mom bucket and cuidado sign are an art installation or just a mop, for instance.

I like cutesy lit cottages, and I like Van Gogh. I really like childrens' book illustration. These all seem valid to me.

Philosophically I would say, we are endowed with creativity by our Creator, and that gives us a spark of the divine. That spark has the ability to light and spark the creativity in others and that is the joy and the beauty of art.

Changing your vision in order to be commercially acceptable -- well that is choice that we're all faced with. What a wonderful world it would be if the gas and electric company took watercolor postcards as payment....

Mary said...

No I don't agree. I think this is one of those "jokes" about artists perpetuated by people who don't understand art to the point that it's become an accepted viewpoint.

Personally, I find it really annoying...and I'm sick of getting the proverbial pat on the head and a "oh how nice for you" look from people when I say I'm an artist.