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“There are idiots who define my work as abstract; yet what they call abstract is what is most realistic. What is real is not the appearance, but the idea, the essence of things.” – Constantin Brancusi
This is Bird in Space by Constatin Brancusi. This one’s made of marble and is housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. There are fifteen other sculptures that are similar to this one, made of marble or cast in bronze.
Pablo Picasso requires no introduction. Arguably the most famous painter in existence, his level of genius comparable to those of Salvador Dali or Jackson Pollock, the Spaniard created some fifty thousand artworks during his life.
“It took me four years to paint like Rafael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”
Not bad for an eight year old, right? Continue reading Showcase: Pablo Picasso as a Child
What is art exactly?
It’s all art. The way you dress, how you walk, how you talk. It’s all art. Poetry and philosophy and paintings and songs and movies and the soundtracks of those movies – sometimes even their reviews are art. Every joke ever made, every scribbled note, every photograph. All the fairy tales and the ballads and the legends.
It’s all art.
Architecture. City planning. A mathematical algorithm. A software program. A smartphone. The Internet.
The way the stars shine bright against the night sky. The sound of the rain. The smell of flowers on a summer afternoon.
This world, and everything in it.
It’s all art.
Every bit of beauty that was ever witnessed by another human being is art. Everything that ever made us forget ourselves in admiration, every little thing that took our breath away.
It’s all art.
And we’re all artists.
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“I put my heart and soul into my work, and I have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential painters of all time, but his work received no recognition during his lifetime. His paintings were often described as being too dark and lacking the bright liveliness of the Impressionist paintings of the time. He produced more than 900 works during his lifetime, but only sold one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles.
Paul Gaugain. El Greco. Claude Monet. Johannes Vermeer. Stendhal. Franz Kafka. Sylvia Plath.
What do all these artists have in common?
They only became famous after their deaths.
And the list goes on and on…
It’s almost as if that’s a rule, right? Some fundamental principle of the universe. Artists can aspire to barely make a living, if that.
Then how can one become a successful artist?
Well, there are three simple things to keep in mind. Continue reading Do You Want to Be a Successful Artist?
“Archaeologists have not discovered stages of human existence so early that they were without art. Right back in the early morning twilights of mankind we received it from Hands which we were too slow to discern. And we were too slow to ask: FOR WHAT PURPOSE have we been given this gift? What are we to do with it?” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn – Nobel Lecture
There is not even a single person on this planet that does not consume art. Regardless of their race, sex, religious beliefs, level of culture, education, income, political affiliation, there isn’t a single human being who does not consume some sort of art. Music is a good example of an artistic medium that is indispensable.
You could probably give up on a lot of things that define who you are, what you do, what you have, but you wouldn’t be able to give up on art.
No Netflix and chill? Ever?
But how is art going to save the world? Continue reading TMM: Art Will Save The World