Saturday, January 5, 2008

Fine, art.

Probably fifteen years ago, I walked into an art museum, and the first painting I saw was an approximately 3 x 6 foot canvas painted solid red. No lines, no designs, no other colors: nothing but red.

It looked a little something like this:

I have long bemoaned the fact that this monochromatic quadrilateral was considered art. Fifteen years later, of all the pieces of artwork I have ever seen in person at a museum, the red parallelogram is the single piece that I remember most vividly and with the greatest emotion.

OK, artist wins.

Images on right and left accessed from Wikipedia
Image in middle recreated from memory
Musings about what qualifies as art inspired by Mike


Russ Parker said...

Blog again.

Avery Gray said...

That is an impressive rendering. You have a real future in Photoshop art!

Unbalanced Reaction said...

I love the images. Perhaps I should direct my students to your blog for a lesson in proper citations! :)

watchwhathappens said...

I want a painting of THAT image (the red block in the middle, the "don't touch" sign - the whole thing)

yajeev said...

russ... no doubt i will.

avery and watchwhathappens... thanks. if this blogging gig doesn't work out, i may turn to low-budget graphic design.

unbalanced... in my required grad school "scientific ethics" course, we had to write a paper on how not to plagiarize. i was tempted to copy (without citing) the section out of the MLA handbook on the same topic and conclude with "Don't do this."