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Re: Main Challenges for New Artists

The main challenge for a young aspiring artist is TIME! Time to practice their art which equates to money. I never found the solution. I took jobs and entered into careers to earn money to survive which robbed me of the time to practice my art. This is an age old dilemma for artists. I applaud you f...
by VicG
Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Main Challenges for New Artists
Replies: 6
Views: 2655

Re: What is Art?

I like Ayn Rand's definition of art as "a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments." This definition covers the visual arts, literature, music and the performing arts. Although I don't subscribe to her complete esthetic philosophy, I have found...
by VicG
Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:44 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: What is Art?
Replies: 25
Views: 6793

Re: Nihilism and Art

Thank you. You have provided me with hope that art is still alive. Maybe this is why I joined this website, to gauge what contemporary artists are thinking and doing these days. I have become far too cynical and perhaps I needed a blast of fresh air that confirms that artists today are still being a...
by VicG
Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Nihilism and Art
Replies: 4
Views: 1839

Re: Nihilism and Art

My examples would be in literature, Thomas Mann, in particular his novel "The Magic Mountain." a pretense of intellectual erudition but all the time he is mocking the reader as to the absurdity of their even reading his novel. In music it is John Cage. A pretentious fraud that flaunts the ...
by VicG
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:53 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Nihilism and Art
Replies: 4
Views: 1839

Nihilism and Art

"Artists with nothing to say usually resort to gross behavior and call it “novel” or “ground-breaking.” In the musical, literary, and visual realms, they are the avant-garde of nihilism. " This quote is from a political columnist I follow named Edward Cline. I tend to agree although not en...
by VicG
Fri Sep 06, 2013 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Nihilism and Art
Replies: 4
Views: 1839

Re: The Art Conspiracy

Stop blaming yourself "Maybe because of my childhood problems" No. "I might be in need of a therapist" No. Define what art is in your own existence as an artist and have the integrity to stand by that vision regardless of what the idiots would have you believe. Art is still one o...
by VicG
Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:47 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: The Art Conspiracy
Replies: 4
Views: 1765

Re: Chuck Connelly

The last painting is the best. Reminiscent of Soutine in a way. Most artists are hard to get along with. I guess we live such an internal life at the expense of social skills.
by VicG
Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Chuck Connelly
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

Re: It kills me

"Don't get me started but start I will. We as American voters have been duped by the Koch brothers and many other followers of the Ayn Rand Philosophy. I can't imagine the brothers buying any kind of art but the kind that's a good investment. That means current well-known and all the greats fro...
by VicG
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:48 am
 
Forum: Shoot The Breeze
Topic: It kills me
Replies: 10
Views: 2920

Re: Art that has moved you the most.

I met Lee Krasner at a cocktail party in East Hampton many years ago. I admire her work and this was way before the movie "Pollack" was released. I have lived in the "Hamptons" for 40 years now. I never met Pollack (before my time) but I thought the movie captured the essence of ...
by VicG
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:06 am
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Art that has moved you the most.
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: Art that has moved you the most.

Come on ehoeveler. There must have been some pivotal point in your life that a particular song, book, poem, painting or even a sunset moved you to a level outside of the realm of the ordinary. So please relate, what was the event that moved you during the past week? Not meaning to bust chops but onl...
by VicG
Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:23 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Art that has moved you the most.
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: Art that has moved you the most.

In literature it was the novels of Victor Hugo. You have to read the un-abridged versions to really appreciate his genius. I discovered him many years after college and to this day, I do not understand why his novels are ignored by academia and only worthy of cheap Broadway productions or cheaper mo...
by VicG
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:28 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Art that has moved you the most.
Replies: 9
Views: 1919

Re: Jacob Samuel – Pablo Ruiz y Picasso

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is one of my favorite Picasso paintings and I am glad that you included it as one of his greatest in your post. It is good to know that somebody shares my taste. I am also fond of his classical period which influenced the early figurative works of Arshile Gorky (See his &qu...
by VicG
Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Jacob Samuel – Pablo Ruiz y Picasso
Replies: 2
Views: 1949

Re: My new mural in progress.

Hi Christine. I painted murals in my past and can appreciate the stress associated with deadlines. They look great and should be positively received. The last murals I painted were 30 years ago and are still there. You can not imagine how much feedback I have received over that time and painting a m...
by VicG
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:04 am
 
Forum: Works In Progress
Topic: My new mural in progress.
Replies: 6
Views: 2702

Re: social art

Art is not a means of teaching "moral activities" or a means to achieving "success in our lives." You are subordinating art as a means to a social end which is propaganda. You seem to infer that by your mere existence and social interactions constitute a work of art. I adhere to ...
by VicG
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:27 pm
 
Forum: Art Therapy
Topic: social art
Replies: 2
Views: 3217

Re: Describe art

I don't agree with that analysis at all. That misses the boat entirely. I don't disagree that much of art analysis utilizes that methodology but that is what is wrong with much of art criticism and writing about art for quite some time now. Art is a language unto itself. To try to convey its essence...
by VicG
Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Describe art
Replies: 12
Views: 3184

My Old Masters Painting Blog

I just launched a new website "My Old Masters Painting Blog." The topics covered are how old master paintings influenced contemporary art and how the art of painting is being lost. You can access it at http://oldmasterspainting.com
by VicG
Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Show Your Web Site
Topic: My Old Masters Painting Blog
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Re: MY WEEK IN NEW YORK

Indoubitally. Check out the movie "Legal Eagles" as a background to this world. Not that I used this movie as a resource. I have been involved in the NYC artworld for some time now. I am new to this site and not sure if I can post a link to one of my blogs that addresses this topic. Art is...
by VicG
Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:01 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: MY WEEK IN NEW YORK
Replies: 6
Views: 1737

Re: Acrylic or Oil

The medium is only just that, a medium as a means of expression. A mediocre artist painting in either medium will still produce a mediocre painting. An exceptional painter, painting in either medium will produce an exceptional work. My point is that an exceptional painter will achieve a higher level...
by VicG
Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:34 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Acrylic or Oil
Replies: 50
Views: 26182

Re: MY WEEK IN NEW YORK

Hi Silvia B. I reside within a two hour drive to N.Y.C. After years of gallery hopping, I found myself just concentrating on the Metropolitan Museum of Art whenever I am in town. I could spend a week there and still not get enough. I have been disappointed with what the elites of the art world are p...
by VicG
Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:20 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: MY WEEK IN NEW YORK
Replies: 6
Views: 1737

Re: Acrylic or Oil

Acrylics serve a purpose for certain types of painting. If you were to paint like Morris Louis, stain painting acrylic washes on cotton canvas, fine. Otherwise they are cheap looking, plastic and dead. Nothing can compare to the quality, luster and hues that oil paints provide. A painting is after a...
by VicG
Sun Aug 25, 2013 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Art Discussion
Topic: Acrylic or Oil
Replies: 50
Views: 26182
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