March 12, 2007

I'll admit it, I'm not an aesthetician

I love art, but sometimes I just get confused:

Even though Stingel's work does not always involve paint on canvas, it continually reflects upon the fundamental questions concerning painting today -- authenticity, hierarchy, meaning, and context.

First, those are individual words, not questions. Second, `authenticity' and `hierarchy'?


Unknown said...

It has long seemed to me that the sort of art criticism you quote is not about the artwork so much as it is a form of inner-circle signaling: "We get this, and they don't."

So, relax. You're meant to be confused.

Noumena said...

I actually ended up going to this exhibition yesterday. My reaction was very much in line with what the commenter suggests: the `comments' and `questions' of Stingel's work are almost exclusively directed at the art community. The only thing I really liked were a series of self-portraits, huge squares around 16 feet on a side, based on photographs.