Modern Art Controversy

Pat Harrison landscape paintingsSome time ago I wrote about a discussion I discovered on linkedin concerning the pros and cons of modern art. There is always something new to find on the subject. Here is a most interesting link to a paper I came across the other day.

The article eloquently voices the thoughts which have been troubling me all along i.e. will future generations still admire the creations of our times?

Personally I always look upon the visual arts as a universal language which should not need translating. A painting can tell a story as can be seen in the religious paintings of past centuries or a painting can depict a beautiful scene which the artist wanted to capture for the world to see.

It is my view that artists should not have to look for sensationalism or the outrageous, or the totally ridiculous to be recognised.



About Pat Harrison

Painting and drawing have been my passion from early childhood. I have attended numerous exhibitions in England and Germany. Presented with the Judges Award at a show I now have one of my paintings on permanent display at a museum in Greater London with growing sales and commissions.
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4 Responses to Modern Art Controversy

  1. Vincent Reid says:

    Thank you for the ‘interesting link’ (very useful) and while i agree with you in general, i find that calling art a universal language a hard one to agree with as i have found that visual media is, and has to be influenced by culture and as cultures differ around the world a piece looked on and interpreted favourably by one group can be seen and interpreted in a completely different way by another.
    For example a picture of the hand gesture for Okay in the UK is interpreted as a swear word in some countries.

    I, like you wonder what future generations will make of the art of this period.

    • Vincent it is true that symbolism is open to differing interpretations. However, much of what a painting can tell is easily understood all around the world. Artists just ought to make sure they do not offend.

  2. The first values in art are beauty, and quality. I know I know, that’s subjective. But at least these values can help to set standards for execution, display, and ownership. After beauty and quality, an artist can do anything he wants to do.
    There’s a lot of really good work, as well as really awful junk, in every genre of art. So I say, pay attention to what you like, and don’t worry about the crap. If everybody followed this guideline, evolution would soon shape the best artists for the future.

  3. themofman says:

    I agree, and I won’t. I’ll just draw, paint and photograph what feel is right whether its trendy, controversial or not.

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