Ever since my the Crow workshop, maybe before, I've been asking myself, what makes art art? What makes good art good? How can meaning be conveyed through non-objective abstract art?
In my usual semi-obsessive way, I've gone about looking for answers in books. Despite all the information out there on the internet, I still find sinking into a book the best way to really research something. Call me old-school - you'd be right - and proud of it.
this one and am browsing all, digging deeper into most. I found a couple volumes at the used bookstore (You can call me cheap, too.) that looked at the first 50 years of modern art, 1900-1950, essentially. I really liked this approach because it allowed me to try to understand how art moved into abstraction from a generally representational basis, without trying to absorb 100 years all at once. My formal art education ended in 1987, and what a surprise - things have changed in 25 years!
Color Chart Exhibit at MoMA 2008. What an exhibit. It's okay to love paint swatches. I guess I was not the only one hording them as "art parts."
Then I decided I needed to figure out what had been going on in those last 25 years.. and decided to start with But Is It Art? Which is a short relatively easy read on the evolution of art theory. More than I ever wanted to know about bodily fluids as art material, but helpful nonetheless!