"The great art," says Daniel Buren is one who asks questions. They can make the work so strange, so new to the deeper meaning of this term it will generate a scandal or indifference. For indifference surrounding sidereal sometimes absolutely beautiful work may be the only scandal aroused! But if a scandal is the purpose that we give to art, it is completely wrong." These words of the great French artist, author of the famous columns of the Palais Royal, say, with great relevance, the major problem of contemporary art: the deliberate intention to shock, that becomes the best criterion for judge the value of a work. Some artists of today owe their fame to this: a keen sense of marketing, media's stupidity and greed of rich, very rich collectors who have no artistic education.
Some artists and some works that make me angry:Damien Hirst
: He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead dissected animals ( shark, sheep , cow...) are preserved in formaldehyde( The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living) "A Thousand Years"
is one of Hirst's most provocative works. Maggots hatch inside a white minimal box, turn into flies, then feed on a bloody, severed cow's head on the floor of a glass vitrine. Above, hatched flies buzz around in the closed space. Many meet a violent end in an insect-o-cutor; others survive to continue the cycle.
Totally disgusting ... Where is Art in it ? "For the Love of God"
is a human skull recreated in platinum and adorned with more than 8000 diamonds !The most expensive work of the world ($100 million )...Where is Art in it ? Xiao Yu
is a work particularly shocking, unbearable:this piece was constructed with animals and human parts including the eyes of a rabbit, the body of a seagull, and the head of a human fetus immersed in formaldehyde.No comment...Wim Delvoye
, or "shit machine"which is a huge machine which reproduces the digestive process turning food into excrement .The idea of a mechanical reproduction of the human digestive system goes back to the Digesting Duck by 18th century engineer Jacques de Vaucanson and evoke Piero Manzoni 's Merda d'artista( In 1961, the artist Piero Manzoni had defecated in 90 cans on which was inscribed "Artist's shit" and which were sold at a price of 30 grams of gold !)... Where is Art in it ?
I could go on but I'd rather stop here...