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The Dow Jones-ization of art  

It's been a long time since a visual-art issue has excited intellectual controversy or fueled the kind of impassioned cultural debate that was generated by cubism, impressionism or abstract expressionism. More and more, art is viewed as a market commodity, with "art news" essentially a type of financial news.
click to enlarge Margo Musante   -  - Shooks Run -  -  Occupational therapist -  - Are you familiar with rock poster art? I'm - vaguely familiar with Peter Max and the album art of the - Beatles era. Some of that was so eye-catching that I - sometimes bought records for their cover art. -  - What defines fine art? It's a matter of the - viewer's perception and what the creator considers it to - be. In the end, it's probably more about the process of - the creator. -  - Is art as important as it once was? It's more - important than ever. There's more media exposure - nowadays and controversy about what types of art can - be presented to the public. -  - Is a truly healthy, happy person likely to create great - art? Art is about passion. Healthy, happy people - can be passionate, too.
  • Margo Musante

    Shooks Run

    Occupational therapist

    Are you familiar with rock poster art? I'm vaguely familiar with Peter Max and the album art of the Beatles era. Some of that was so eye-catching that I sometimes bought records for their cover art.

    What defines fine art? It's a matter of the viewer's perception and what the creator considers it to be. In the end, it's probably more about the process of the creator.

    Is art as important as it once was? It's more important than ever. There's more media exposure nowadays and controversy about what types of art can be presented to the public.

    Is a truly healthy, happy person likely to create great art? Art is about passion. Healthy, happy people can be passionate, too.

click to enlarge Judy Jacoby   -  - Manitou Springs -  -  Retired teacher -  - Define "fine art." Art that's original, that - engages me imaginatively, that helps me see the world - in a different way. -  - Is a painting of a Campbell's soup can fine art? - Depends on how it's painted. A near-photographic - representation of a soup can probably isn't art. -  - Who's your favorite artist? I love the ambiguity - and play of light in Monet. -  - What work of art do you wish you owned? The - painting of The Cliff House by my friend, Joyce Attebery. - She sold it, though. -  - Is art a declining cultural force? I think it's - more that people have a less traditional view of art. Plus, - it's in competition with movies, and everyone now has - immediate and ongoing access to music. -  - Can a healthy, well-adjusted, happy person be a - great artist? I think it's just that people who have - suffered, or who have had unusual experiences, are able - to see things in different ways.
  • Judy Jacoby

    Manitou Springs

    Retired teacher

    Define "fine art." Art that's original, that engages me imaginatively, that helps me see the world in a different way.

    Is a painting of a Campbell's soup can fine art? Depends on how it's painted. A near-photographic representation of a soup can probably isn't art.

    Who's your favorite artist? I love the ambiguity and play of light in Monet.

    What work of art do you wish you owned? The painting of The Cliff House by my friend, Joyce Attebery. She sold it, though.

    Is art a declining cultural force? I think it's more that people have a less traditional view of art. Plus, it's in competition with movies, and everyone now has immediate and ongoing access to music.

    Can a healthy, well-adjusted, happy person be a great artist? I think it's just that people who have suffered, or who have had unusual experiences, are able to see things in different ways.

click to enlarge Drew Livigni -  - Downtown -  -  Restaurant manager -  - What makes art "fine art"? Its aesthetic - qualities move people. -  - Who is your favorite artist? I was just reading - an article in the New York Times about an artist - I like named Howard Hodgkin. He's basically a colorist. - I'm drawn to artists who play around with color. -  - What piece of art would you most treasure owning? - Picasso's "Guernica"  partly because of its - political content, though art doesn't have to have that, - and partly because of its sheer size, though size isn't a - criteria for great art. -  - Has art declined in importance? It's getting lost - in the media shuffle of movies, TV, music and the - Internet. -  - Is great art likely from a genuinely healthy and - happy person? Everyone has something to tap into. - It doesn't require misery to do it.
  • Drew Livigni

    Downtown

    Restaurant manager

    What makes art "fine art"? Its aesthetic qualities move people.

    Who is your favorite artist? I was just reading an article in the New York Times about an artist I like named Howard Hodgkin. He's basically a colorist. I'm drawn to artists who play around with color.

    What piece of art would you most treasure owning? Picasso's "Guernica" partly because of its political content, though art doesn't have to have that, and partly because of its sheer size, though size isn't a criteria for great art.

    Has art declined in importance? It's getting lost in the media shuffle of movies, TV, music and the Internet.

    Is great art likely from a genuinely healthy and happy person? Everyone has something to tap into. It doesn't require misery to do it.

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