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Archive | May, 2012

Art Preferences

I agree with the old saying that art is in the eye of the beholder. In fact, most of the power of the work lies with the viewer. The artist has a concept and uses the materials to express it, but the viewer brings his or her temperament, experience, mood, and expectations to the reading […]

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Media Adds Meaning

This week, my son sent me a news story he had come across about a Chinese artist who uses cut paper for cutting edge (pun intended) artworks. It made me think about how artists choose and use materials for expressive purposes. Cut paper is a traditional media in native cultures on both hemispheres and above […]

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Originality Once Again

On May 6th I went to the final concert for the 2011-2012 season of Voices of Change in Dallas. The program was preceded by a lecture by the guest composer Claude Baker and then selections of his were performed by professional musicians. Baker described his influences and his training. He said that his work is […]

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Money and Quality

Money is an easy way to determine the value an artwork because it is quantitative. If someone pays more, the work must be better. On Friday, May 4th  Edvard Munch’s pastel painting “The Scream” sold in an auction at Sotheby’s for almost $120 million. The piece has become an icon since it was executed in […]

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Assessment Criteria

When we look at an artwork we decide whether it is good or not. We do that based on what we know and how we feel. There is a big difference between “that looks good to me” and “that’s good”. When you say that something is good you need to explain what criteria you are […]

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