Have you ever looked at a painting or piece of artwork, and screamed in your mind – ‘I could have done that’, ‘What is this?’, or most commonly, ‘It’s not art!’
So what makes something valid to be art? Over the past few decades, modern artists have changed our perspectives of art. Instead of making art with their bare hands, such as pottery or a sculpture piece, but new contemporary artists such as Marcel Duchamp and graffiti artists like Banksy have transformed the art landscape.
Instead, these contemporary artists push the boundaries of the art world. How did Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain (1917) become art? It’s only a standard men’s urinal – nothing unseen or that brand new.
…a whole new concept…
Art critics have said that it was due to the fact that he had taken something ordinary and gave it a whole new concept, which makes it a valid piece of art. Note: Don’t forget that Marcel Duchamp also signed the fountain.
So does that mean anyone can take something ordinary and turn it onto art?
…the work has to be ‘out there’…
Walking down Tate Modern and Tate Britain, you are bombarded with new and fresh approaches to art, and yet no one really gets what the pieces are trying to convey. Artists try so hard to be avant garde, and just to be noticed – perhaps as there is just so many of them in this world, being churned out of art schools and getting in touch with their creativity- the work has to be ‘out there’ to be even noticed.
Yet it does not have to be so ‘out there’ to be seen as an art form. There are thousands of forms which are considered art, but the one in which everyone can partake in is photography. With the advance of technology, and Instagram, everyone has the latest Canon or nikon so that they can shoot iconic pictures. That is an art in itself, in which everyone can take place.
…no one can distinguish a true art piece from rubbish…
Even though everyone can become an artist, no one can distinguish a true art piece from rubbish. Everything has melted into one large pot. So does that make all art work nowadays valueless?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all.