Art people have been shocked by the postponement, possibly until 2024, of a major exhibition, “Philip Guston Now,” by the institutions that were scheduled to mount it: the National Gallery of Art, in Washington; the Tate Modern, in London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. I shared the reaction until I thought about it. At issue are some darkly comic paintings by the great American artist which feature cartoonish Ku Klux Klan figures smoking cigars, tootling around in open cars, and generally making fools of themselves. The dark part consists of abject self-portraiture, the focus of works, including the Klan pictures, that dumbfounded the art world when first shown, in 1970. At fifty-seven, Guston had trashed his status as the most sensitive stylist of Abstract Expressionism and unclenched raucous pictorial confessions of fear and loathing. Stricken with such regrets as having, in 1935,
Art includes all the activities and products that are created from the use of human creativity and imagination in any field. Usually involving visual, auditory, performance, and products, arts have the power to evoke powerful emotions in people, and its often a non-verbal form of expression that transcends language, race, tribe, or culture.
One form of artistic expression that has been available from the beginning of time is painting. Whether from the inscriptions found in caves of pre-historic civilizations, or murals in places of worship at different historic locations across the world, or the tentative painting of fresh talent, painting is one of the things that comes to mind when people think of art.
However, more recently, other forms of art have become popularly mainstream and accepted, with photography and videography leading the way. Photography is particularly interesting in that it attempts to capture and freeze a particular segment … Read More