Thursday, 16 April 2009

Seven days in the art world by Sarah Thornton

'The art world is a sphere where many people don't just work but reside full-time. Its a symbolic economy where people swap thoughts and where cultural worth is debated rather than determined by brute wealth.[...]

Art is about experimenting and ideas, but it is also about excellence and exclusion. It's structured about nebulous and often contradictory hierarchies of fame, credibility, imagined historical importance, institutional affiliation, education, perceived intelligence, wealth and attributes such as the size of one's collection.[...]

Contemporary art has become a kind of alternative religion for atheists. The artist Francis Bacon once said that when "Man" realises that he is just an accident in the greater scheme of things, he can only "beguile himself for a time." He then added: "Painting, or all art, has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself...and the artist must really deepen the game to be any good at all." [...] concept-driven art is a kind of existential channel through which they bring meaning to their lives. It demands leaps of faith, but it rewards the believer with a sense of consequence.

Rebecca Warren:

"I don't necessarily love the things that I'm making, its about allowing yourself to accept what you do."
"A great work, allows you to look at it without it nagging you. It's not that it's open to any interpretation, but it's not got a limited fixed meaning."

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