It’s been so hot here in NYC that it’s hard to think about Art, except to say – let’s be inside to do Art – or be Art, and maybe, swim in it.
I’ve gone to a lot of openings of late but haven’t written about them including Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield at the Whitney. This was truly a fantastic show and I didn’t realize how prolific or influential Burchfield was. Of course, the room with one of the wall paper designs he created that was also juxtaposing his paintings from the period might have been a little to busy. Nevertheless, the Whitney has had some first class stuff going on lately, including a bit of performance art that I actually liked (and I don’t tend to like performance art that much).
Charles Burchfield, An April Mood, 1946–55. Watercolor and charcoal on joined paper, 40 × 54 in. (101.6 × 137.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with partial funds from Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence A. Fleischman 55.39.
So you can see the theme of “heat” is not imagined – it’s also echoed in Art.
Also, I read an interesting post about “What is Art” from Smashing Magazine that I think is worth linking to here – though reading the whole post is more like reading a long chapter of a book – though I think it is worth reading it all the way through (and I will try to).
…. Art is generally understood as any activity or product done by people with a communicative or aesthetic purpose—something that expresses an idea, an emotion or, more generally, a world view.
What Art is today might not be what it was 20 years ago, or 200 years ago, and may be totally different in 30 years than what it is now considered – that gives me a headache, but is an accurate description of a reality that this is, in fact, how Art is defined (by those who consume it).
The definition of art is open, subjective, debatable. There is no agreement among historians and artists, which is why we’re left with so many definitions of art. The concept itself has changed over centuries.
Read the rest of the article – which is the best on Art that I have read – just the summary of what Art is.
Much of the Art I’m doing these days is in my own sketchbook – when I sketch, that is – here’s one of the more recent sketches I did.
Every one of my drawings is different – and I can’t tell you what I will pick up as I sketch – often doing it to relax my mind and gain insight.
So much for Art – my life is Art in it’s own way – so I might as well speak about it briefly – I’m happy to announce that I’ll be speaking in Davos next year at the On The Top Forum that happens right after the World Economic Forum. Read about it in my Webmetricsguru.com blog at the following post – Davos – Communications on The Top – World Forum for Top Managers in Davos.
As alluded to last week, I’m formally announcing I was invited to speak (and accepted) at the next Communications on The Top Forum of Top Managers on February 17th, 18th 2011 in Davos, Switzerland.
Last week I mentioned
….. new Communications on the Top conference in mid February, 2011; the details are still being worked out.
( I always wanted to go to Davos for the WEF but must have somehow dreamed up Davos after the WEF – just as well, from what I heard the global elite are as clueless about where the world is going as the rest of us and Jeff Jarvis’s accounts from the WEF in Davos and Dubai the last two years strongly supports that). Interestingly, one of the first things the Keynote presentation at the Communications on the Top will cover is the feedback from the 2011 WEF.
This week, with the first batch of speakers for next years’ conference being announced it hit home ….. details of my presentation topic are still being worked out – you can see some of the people who’ll be joining me in Davos next year (and I hope some of my readers are among those who attend). On the Top happensa few weeks after the WEF –
You will also find a new Bio posted on my Webmetricsguru.com site that might as well be here as well as a new logo that you will now see in the sidebar of ArtNewYorkCity.com and WebMetricsGuru.com.