Published on : 15 May 20203 min reading time
Accused of being expensive and incomprehensible, contemporary art is often misunderstood by the general public and those who demand specific plays of colour and form in paintings. However, understanding art is art itself, requiring a minimum of discernment, a sense of observation and a more open heart.
WHY IS CONTEMPORARY ART ACCUSED OF BEING INCOMPREHENSIBLE?
Some works seem to be frustrating and opaque and the viewer is often confronted with reactions of lacuna and incomprehension that often end in rejection. However, to become familiar with contemporary art, one must allow oneself time. We live in an era where laziness is accentuated by technology and we want to understand everything at a glance. Obviously, for a painting by Pablo Morganti or other contemporary artists on Estades, for example, one cannot understand the scale of the plastic creations, the time it took to produce them and the message the works carry. Moreover, the lack of artistic sensitivity is still unclear to the uninitiated. If a person decides to visit the exhibition, it is because they are interested first of all. But they will also quickly leave the room because of the artistic discourse that is difficult to read.
HOW TO UNDERSTAND CONTEMPORARY ART?
Contemporary art is a term vaguely used to refer to the art of today and its relatively recent past. To put it more simply, contemporary art is the art of living artists. As such, it reflects the complex issues that shape our diverse, global and rapidly changing community. Through their work, many contemporary artists explore personal or cultural identity, offer critiques of social and institutional structures, and even attempt to redefine art itself. In doing so, they often raise difficult or thought-provoking questions without providing easy answers. Contemporary art paintings and trends require curiosity, open-mindedness and a commitment to dialogue and debate.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ART GALLERIES IN THE FACE OF THE REJECTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART?
When walking past an art gallery, an uninitiated person will think of a house where a painter has asked to exhibit his works for a few days. Far from it, it is the art galleries that find the best artists, participate in the preparation of the exhibition and take care of the sale of the paintings. They are intermediaries between two players in the art market: the artist and the buyer, the work and its public.