Thoughts About Art Nowadays

 

When I enter a new museum or a grand art fair, where hundreds of art works are displayed on crowded walls, I usually scan the exhibit rooms. If something catches my eyes I approach, if I'm really inspired I get closer and read the name tag. What really interests me is to feel the artist’s lust and passion or pain and anger. I want to see the brush strokes; the spatula marks the artist’s fingerprints. This is the reason I don't connect to computerized art works. I don't say that computerized or Photoshop based art works can't appear in museums, I'm just writing about my personal choice as an artist, art viewer and curator.

 

During the 2015 Venice Biennale I curated the Scholar and Master exhibition based on the Raphael painting 'The School of Athens' in Palazzo Barbarigo. There, for the first time, I escaped my own rule and curated JAAP, the duo from Mexico City. They use computers to mélange music and video art with deep symbols. Their work was a big success in our show and from there a new friendship emerged. Last month I visited Mexico City, hosted by the JAAP duo, Jorge and Harriet, and together we are planning 'The Genesis' - venue to be published soon.

 

The art world is very diverse and contains prolific art styles and all kind of

'isms'. Within all this infinite variety I still prefer the spark of the spirit, the personal, individual touch of the artist on the canvas, the remains of color on the sides.

 

I had a studio visit in Berlin where the artist was cleaning the sides of the canvas.

 

Why? I asked her.

 

It's more aesthetic, she said.

 

I don't seek out and I'm not inspired by aesthetic art. I can feel comfortable within an aesthetic house or office, but art? Art should kick and bite, good art stays in the memory long after the museum visit and the best art calls for a life change while exquisite art calls for revolution.

 

Have magic

Ted Barr

 Ramat Hasharon

 September 2016