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Re: “There's art. And then there's art.

If you think I don't like Byron's painting you're wrong. (I think at some point I said it was awesome). If you think I don't like controversial or political art, you'd be wrong again. What bugs me is not his painting or the attention it's getting, but the comments I read that belittle other works of art. My point was, there are many types of art and artist who work hard to create them. When I read comments that are dismissive of other types of art just because they don't have an agenda or a strong message I get frustrated. Sometimes an artwork can just be something beautiful to look at and possibly be just as significant. ...and yes, sometimes shocking and equally as beautiful.

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Posted by Greg Lahti on 04/04/2016 at 4:57 AM

Re: “There's art. And then there's art.

Byron's painting aside, there is a misconception nowadays that great art has to be controversial or shocking or it's not worthy of our attention. So, we get treated to framed jars of urine and paintings created with sprays of colorful enemas. We try to ignore those who study, work, and struggle to master their craft, and applaud those with the most re-Tweets and hits on their post. ..I'm much more moved by the Bouguereau painting at the Arkansas Arts Center.
This current way of judging artworks based on shock and controversy is shallow and disappointing. The ilk of the ever popular Kardashian-type fame should not be shouldered as artistic geniuses. Shall we altogether dismiss Degas' delicate dancers? The Rembrandt portraits? Picasso?... Flash popularity may garner an "artist" a moment of attention or a footnote in these sad times, but at what cost.
Slowly, but fortunately, art is starting to get viewed through more discerning eyes. Despite the fame and articles written about these purposely shocking artists, true talent is getting more and more recognition. David Kassan can paint a portrait of his mother posing calmly in a chair and stun people almost as equally.
There are amazing artworks being created in the world and definitely here in Little Rock that shouldn't be ignored. This idea of artworks having to make cultural waves is lame and nearsighted.
Attention! It's OK if you enjoy, or are moved by a painted still life ...a landscape, ..a bird. There's a hot bed of talent here in Little Rock that people should recognize, celebrate and support.
I don't hate Byron's painting. I just hate that there are 48 other works of art (in just about every medium) that are better or worse in that very same show that will never get a mention by the AR Times or anywhere else. Can author Max here even site another work of art in the show?!
So Max, and everyone else, do yourself a favor and come out to the Little Rock Art Walk, this Friday night and see the Arkansas League of Artists' show at the Cox Center and judge for yourself... See the hype of Byron's awesome painting, but perhaps, take a moment to appreciate the rest. ...Maybe you'll be moved and inspired by others here in Little Rock! -G

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Posted by Greg Lahti on 04/03/2016 at 6:44 PM

 

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