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Art or Not?


Have any of you been to an art museum where you've seen some pieces that had you wondering how they even got accepted to be showcased? For instance, an all-black canvas that had you saying, "I could have painted that" or a piece that had you thinking of the finger painting your five year old created in kindergarten. Art can definitely have a million and one interpretations but is it always justified? I've often said I would crumple a piece of paper and tell a museum it was my masterpiece titled, "Frustration", and I would then live happily off of the money they'd offer me for my genius interpretation! Ah...wishful thinking, I guess!

Any favorite artists that have really stood out to you? It would be fun to see what observations you would have of different art pieces. What's the best art exhibit you have ever seen?

Jun 08, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

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I have never been to one ,but always wanted to go
Jun 09, 2016 @ 08:34 am


I have never been to an art museum, but I adore art! I do agree that often times I look at some pieces and wonder why it was considered a masterpiece or what it is that I'm not seeing or missing. I like that everything is open to interpretation and such.

My favourite artists are Van Gogh and Picasso.
Jun 09, 2016 @ 10:30 am


The only art i like is the really older pieces by painters such as Van Gogh; artists from that period. modern art is what i call a joke.
Jun 09, 2016 @ 10:34 am


I know exactly what you mean pretty rainbow! I have seen pieces as well and thought geez my granddaughter could do better! I think like beauty it is in the eye of the beholder??? My favorite artists are Picasso and Rembrandt. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to post some of my art!!
Jun 09, 2016 @ 11:19 am

I'm with you on this one.

My son attends medical appointments in a building that houses an art gallery on the main floor. Every time we go there I just widen my eyes in complete shock. Last time we were there in the gallery's window display there was an old wooden door in new stained condition with a bunch of random things stapled to it. Random items. A new nail sticking out at a jagged angle. A piece of cut up window screen haphazardly placed and a few other items just thrown on. Maybe I just don't have it in me to appreciate that kind of "art". This particular gallery is very high end too so I can only imagine the price tag on it.
I am awed by people who can draw realistic portraits. To me, that is real artistic talent. When you can make a charcoal sketch look like an actual photograph - that renders me speechless with awe.
The drawings that people do that are made up of words is breathtaking. I want to own a piece like that someday.
Tattoo artists like Kat Von D, who does amazing ink portraiture, are incredibly talented.
I dislike watercolor as a medium. I love oil paintings on canvas. I love photography (of people especially). Faces are fantastic and mesmerizing to me. Has anyone seen Bryan Adams' work? It's fantastic. I love portraits. They are my favorite pieces of art hands down.
I dislike abstract art. I just do not "get" it.
Besides visual art, music is my favorite art, followed by dance. Music moves the soul. It is beautiful and can invoke so many emotions. I don't play any instruments and I sound like a dying cat when I sing. For real, my kids have always begged me not to sing when they're in the car with me. I have so much respect for musicians.
Dancers can also inspire and demonstrate emotion through movement. It's just plain crazy amazing to see people move their bodies in ways that make you "feel" emotion. I immediately think of Pink's performance of "Glitter in the air" link here: https://youtu.be/3stsDXki__U at the Grammy's when she was singing suspended in the air on silk ropes. THAT was an incredible performance.
And of course I have mega respect for people who can break dance and who can pole dance. Check out the STRENGTH this woman has!!! https://youtu.be/rCRP-5om_3Y I mean artistic, amazing strength shown - not those doing the icky stripper stuff on a pole covered in who knows what.
Jun 09, 2016 @ 12:50 pm


Van Gogh, Picasso and Rembrandt are all great mentions. I was actually lucky enough to study Picasso's artwork back in university. Our art class was invited to view his collection which was being showcased at a local museum. It's one of the highlights I will always remember from my educational years. He was truly a master at his craft!

Jun 09, 2016 @ 10:56 pm


@fly_eyez I took a few art courses over the years and one of them, being collage, really made me understand that what may look like nonsense to some, may have a world of meaning to others. However, I do have to say I've come across some pieces that have left a huge question mark over my head, but I guess that's also the beauty behind art.

I've also had the pleasure of teaching an art class for a few years and it was such a joy as I was truly in my element. I've loved creating since I was little, so this opportunity was really like a paid vacation for me. It's so therapeutic and the amount of creativity you can come up with is amazing.

The charcoal sketches you described are such masterpieces. I wish I was able to sketch that way. I've always loved realistic art, mainly Renaissance and Realism. I'm mostly drawn to pieces that tell a story and have you wondering who the subjects in the painting were and how they are connected. Mysterious art, like the Mona Lisa intrigue me. It's like a puzzle waiting to be solved. Norman Rockwell's work is another favorite of mine. There are so many messages hidden in his artwork that really paint a picture of that era in time.

Lately, I've been obsessed with William-Adolphe Bougeureau's work. His pieces are so hauntingly beautiful, I think I could stare at them forever! Artwork that has layers upon layers of depth and a mix of light and darkness are mesmerizing.

Photography is something I'd love to learn to do well. I'm thinking of investing in a DSLR camera soon and have been reading photography magazines as inspiration. I'll leave a link below to the free subscription I get delivered to my home. Bryan Adams rocks! I would love to buy his book for the coffee table. He's such a talented artist in general and a favorite of mine in terms of his music.

I could go on and on when it comes to this subject. Thanks for sharing your preferences as well! It was enlightening to read!



Jun 10, 2016 @ 12:01 am


Thanks so much for the link! It's clear that you're very passionate about art! I'm glad you were able to spend time really immersing yourself in it. It's awesome to do something that you love so much. Then it never feels like work.
Jun 10, 2016 @ 12:25 am

art museum

I've never been to a museum or don;t know anything about art but, I always hear that the older artists were the greatest
Jun 10, 2016 @ 06:38 am

I can't think of a specific instance of a 'what the heck is THAT doing here' instance but I have to say, seeing the Mona Lisa blew me away.
Jun 10, 2016 @ 01:30 pm

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