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Can art be sold?

February 16th, 2014

Date: February 7 2014 Auteur: jean paul galibert
Reblog from the Jean Paul Galibert’s website (not available anymore)

As Aristotle was saying, If there exists a pleasure for the eyes which is truly human then to whom does it belong ? Could it even be a object for ownership? Or is it by nature shared and free ? and not subjected to ownership as a human is? In fact is the trade of a work of art more lawful than the trade of a human? Can we have an art market without a double falsification as obscene and dangerous for art and likewise for humanity? As soon as art is a merchandise, it becomes a privilege for the wealthy. It becomes their adornment and very quickly the more apparent justification for their domination. Pomp, lustre, glamour, insane spending, magnanimity without moderation — all the men of power have wanted to make art evidence of their power. All the great leaders have taken from art the elegance of its appearance; the memory of its exploits, the height of its ambitions? Where is the overwhelmingly wealthy who has known how to be content with their possessions without asking for the image, the melody, the spectacle of its riches? If art is private then everybody is deprived.

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Sense out of Madness: Finding the Content

April 30th, 2012

On this blog at one point I seemed to be developing a bit of following. Then I posted an article about content in painting. Okay. Even I did not understand it. But I knew it was important. Here is the thing, even in this technological world our culture continues to be permeated with the Romantic Spirit. And the left hand literally does not know what the right is doing. The clever ones raise one hand and shout “Watch this hand.” And so it goes.

Self appointed authorities write about content. Some go a little further and write about the artist’s technique. The result is for the most part convoluted mass confusion. Art is a part of life as is cooking, kitchen design, how we dress, how we make love, and so on. I might add also that once upon a time it was a part of political choices that we made.

Coincidentally, in today’s Modern World the artist is not left with the time to be a “good” (i.e. perfect the craft) artist as well as have a modicum of influence. N’importe quoi !

French version: http://www.webb-blog.fr/2012/04/30/comprendre-la-folie-trouver-le-contenu/

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Art & Man Mechanized

April 1st, 2011

Well, first the move and all that entailed. Then over the last few months world events have drawn attention. Japan! What is this world coming to? In the midst of this I’m attempting to “produce” work for two personal exhibits this summer.

What to say? First and foremost, my heart goes out to the Japanese people. Words in this regard are totally inadequate. I’ve experienced some deeply moving moments in reflection. The following touches some of the highlights. Bear in mind these are verbal thoughts which miss the essence of the experience. They are, however, perhaps valuable on their own merit.

Everything to follow is based on a biased view towards human life quite outside the norm. Having said that, I need add that at my age I no longer feel any sense of judgment towards the society in which I live. Quite the contrary. I’ve written elsewhere about my opinion that our evolution is not done in a progressive linear manner. This has been well documented in the case of prehistoric cave paintings. But we do progress. It may be that over a given 100 year period we progress in humanistic manner 100 steps. Perhaps in the next few year we digress 99 steps. Well, that is still a net advance of 1 step. Has not our value of the human life progressed in this manner? Ever so slowly has the dignity and quality of the individual human life improved.

This model held true until the last 150 years. The photographic image has both directly and indirectly transformed our artistic/esthetic sensibilities. We have yet to begin understanding its significance. A, short, few decades later industrialization was in full swing. And given the choice between a horseless carriage and its alternative we started down the slippery road of mass consumption.

This abbreviated digression was necessary to preface what I wanted to say about my special experience. I felt a deep sense of identity with the Japanese people. This could not have been possible the day before yesterday. Many; if not most of us now can have the feeling of being in the same boat together.

My hope is that this catastrophic event may trigger steps in a different direction. Perhaps an understanding that a world devoid of artistic and esthetic sensibilities is a world that stepped into a deep precipice. If we do not come to our senses someday we will believe when looking back at the fruit of Western Civilization … “well, you can’t get back there from here.” Humanity will have become blind to the importance artistic sensibilities hold for society at large.

Here it is in a nutshell; If the big questions become muted, then the important question of, “how man should live”, becomes as important or unimportant as how ants should live.

Published in french as La mécanisation de l’homme et de l’art

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More on Teaching Art

January 30th, 2010

Or, better put in an earlier title: “Can Art be taught? “. For me writing for this blog has contradicted my way of doing things. I’ve never had any use whatsoever for keeping a journal or a diary. I any case, I remember having written an article titled “Can Art be taught?” What did I write? I do not remember and do not have the inclination to reread it. Perhaps a better question and title would have been “Can Art be understood today?” All joking aside, it will, I fear, be a most serious question for some time. And the fear of the matter is that although having spent a lifetime attempting to think clearly about difficult matters the issue becomes more and more obscure. Kant as well as Descartes clearly located the universal with the individual: not with the social/cultural setting the individual lived in! And yet, in these interesting days in which we find ourselves, is it not politically incorrect to discuss philosophical issues? Where does this leave Art?

Published in french as Plus sur l’enseignement de l’Art

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