I've been learning about art both fine art and contemporary art in my first semester in college. Now what is contemporary art for you?
lol... 'Contemporary' is a relative term; emphasis on the 'temporary'.
That said; considering that all my 'contemporary' music is now on the oldies stations, my idea of contemporary art would these days probably be called something like 'retro', 'antiquated', 'boring', or 'What is that old junk?'.
I when to a contemporary or retro museum I was amaze with the art. Strange but amaze.
We know we're getting old when we sing along with elevator music .
Although J. M. W. Turner lived in the mid-1800s before the impressionists movement, I think he's very contemporary.
The bulk of his work can be seen at the Tate Museum in London. Last year, The Tate loaned their Turner collection to The Getty Institute in Los Angeles. The L.A. exhibit was a big hit. So from where I sit, contemporary art need not be 'temporary', 'retro', 'antiquated' or 'boring' unless the artist had nothing much to say.
Have you ever went to a contemporary museum?
Of course! I live in an art mecca for contemporary and modern art.
What was the strangest exhibits you seen?
Dad's Garage --
It was a full size, walk through installation of a dimly lit, dingy, oil-stained garage filled with tools, an old car raised up on blocks, license plates, metal signs, and static-sounding radio music playing in the background. Garage shelves stacked high with countless weird and mysterious objects. Everything from cards with Masonic symbols; broken doll's heads or arms or legs, soda caps, coins, empty soda bottles. You name it. It was like being transported to an alternate time and place as seen through someone's junk-filled garage. It even smelled like a musty garage. Very authentic. Each time I visited this space, I always saw something new and unexpected.
And then there's this. My dining room furniture on steroids.
It's like the movie honey, I shrunk the kids.
I was wrong. It's not Dad's Garage. It's called The Central Meridian (aka The Garage) | LACMA Collections by Michael C. McMillen
To me this blue clay figure name Tobey is contemporary art (retro), what would this blue clay figure represent to you?
Probably before your time, he reminds me of a Smurf.
I am 36 and I remember the smurfs.
Nancy, maybe you are getting old when you start humming to elevator music, but how about going through the grocery store and they're playing Ian Dury & the Blockheads, "Hit me with your Rhythm Stick" as background muzak.
I know, I know. I'm getting that too in grocery stores. Which is fine with me.
Historically, muzak was mind-numbing dreck that nobody except our grandparents could stand. Then one day in an elevator, I heard Led Zeppelin's Black Dog and reality set -in. I'm the new target demographic which means I'm getting older .
I wouldn't mind hearing "Black Dog" in more elevators!
Getting back to my discussion about contemporary arts. What is you favorite fine arts?
Expressionism is my favorite.
Any ideas about the blue figure?
He looks like a naked Cookie Monster, but I've had a couple glasses of wine...
Whatever kids k-12 hate... I've never met a kid who likes contemporary art. I love it. If they think they can do it better - it's contemporary art!