Saturday, February 12, 2011

Why we like abstract art

Why do we like abstract art? Well, not everyone, but enough to make us wonder why.

Here's a description (thanks Leslie) of a class in Florence that says something important about understanding an art work. If it were easy to solve we could just walk away and look at the next painting. I want to know why a painting draws me and keeps me interested. The best example is the work of Joan Mitchell. Each encounter leads to revealing more.

Here is a recent Robert Genn newsletter that says something about how we're hard wired to solve puzzles.

I want to paint the painting that draws us back time and time again. Not a simple chore but a good goal to work toward.

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