Monday, September 26, 2016

A Pile of Bricks

Art that must be explained to be fully understood is perfectly fine. Art that must be explained to be appreciated is bad art. Anyone can enjoy an Impressionist painting without understanding the theories behind it. They can even appreciate the complete abstraction of a Mondrian, the rhythms, the colors.

But who gets anything from an unmade bed? What is there in a pile of bricks placed in the middle of a gallery? These pieces have no intrinsic value. They depend in total on theory, becoming dissertations, not art.

Concept is good. All art must have concept or it is no more than craft. But concept by itself is not art. It is only a pile of bricks.

Stephen Brooke ©2016

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