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Thursday, October 27, 2011

HTM: Work of Art

While some may say that the individuals participating on the show Work of Art are not artists. They may say that the pieces the individuals are producing are not art but I would disagree. One of the main arguments against the idea that is produced on the show is art is the notion that an artist works without being given a theme or a concept and that if an artist is given a theme or a concept then the work is not art. I’m here to say that is a load of bull. Artists are given themes and concepts for their work to based off of all the time. It’s called a commission. Hello folks, did you forget the art world has those? Often, when an artist is commissioned the person financially backing the piece is telling the artist what they would like in the piece or what the basis of the piece should be based off. If we go ahead and say that if the concept is not their own, the artist’s work is not art we have to deny a lot of work as art. Da Vinci, Raphael, Beethoven, Mozart, Picasso, and many, many other artists were often commissioned to create work. These created pieces are some of the most breathtaking, enigmatic, inspirational pieces of art ever created. I mean, can you imagine a world in which pieces like the Last Supper and Beethoven’s symphonies aren’t considered are? I’m not ready to dismiss the work these artists created. Are you?


  1. Hmm, so do you think the SuckLord is on the same level of the artists you mentioned? Was it the commission that made the art great or the artist? Did the commission here have more potential than what the artists created?

  2. I would say that art can't be put into levels and compared. What speaks to one person may not speak to all people. But that doesn't discredit the fact that it speaks to that one person. As for the commission, it was not responsible for the caliber of work produced but it was the force that drove the artist to create the work. I do feel like the commission did have more potential that what the artists created, but to reiterate other points made art is subjective. To another individual those pieces are awe-inspiring.