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June 9, 2018

Last Moment of Modern Art?

October 1, 2017

THE LAST MINUTE OF MODERN ART (reprint from Musea)

Can CONCEPTUAL ART be used to end the abuses of conceptual art?

It all began this way. I was walking home from a taco place and thinking about Martin Creed and his Art Prize. He won the annual Turner Prize that goes to the best art work from a British artist yonger than 50. The prize was a check for $31,500 that was handed to him by Madonna.

And what was his art? Now this is hard to even say – even let the words sputter out of my mouth. The reason being I, too, am an artist. I have been one for decades, have studied and copied the masters, done work in almost every media (pencil, acrylics, and colored pencils are my favorites). And I worked hard to have some scope to my art whether portraits, landscapes, still lifes, abstracts, or just about everything in between. I love the stuff. I breathe art. I love to know everything there is to know about art and artists.

So what was HIS art? He got the yard-wide novelty check from Madonna (representing a couple years of my income) for his exhibit of flashing light bulbs in an empty room! (His previous works include a scrunched- up piece of paper and a ball of clay stuck to a wall).

British art curator Simon Wilson notes: “He wants to make art where he is doing as little as possible that is consistent with doing something. The fact that many people find his work so baffling indicates that he’s working on the edge.”
Oh I see. Now I am getting it. Now I am figuring out the “NEW” rules. Creed himself comments, “If I can make something without adding any objects, I feel more comfortable.”

And then it DAWNED ON ME. I would bring modern art to its end. I would suggest the ultimate. The ultimate in baffling minimalism. I would get the ‘plastic’ check from Madonna.

So on TUESDAY 1/08/02, at 1:30-1:40 PM, as I, Tom Hendricks, was walking home from the taco place, I took art to its ultimate. This was the last minute of modern art. It could go no further. Where Creed had flashing lights in an empty room, I would … IMAGINE A GALLERY IN MY MIND THAT WOULD HAVE NO LIGHTS ON AT ALL! And that moment marked the end of modern art.

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Has Art Left the Galleries?

August 10, 2017

Dear Reader,

The best of the art world is not confined to galleries or museums. More and more the best artists are not in either!

When looking for the most exciting and progressive art – not a rehash of last century art – please look to these artists:

1. Illustrators
2. Fashion designers
3. Video game artists
4. Animated film artists
5. Comic and graphic novel artists.
6. Graffiti artists.
7. Primitive artists.
8. Online artists.

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3 Different Versions (another plus of mass marketing paintings)

September 6, 2015

This post has 3 different art works. But look closer. They are all copies of the same original art work. Two are details of the larger work. All are copies of the original drawing that were then touched up with pencil or colored pencils.

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By working with copies you preserve the original, and bring some new versions of the art.

Through zine Musea, I have advocated the mass marketing of paintings with exact copies of the art on the same type canvas or paper of the original. Some seemed upset that people would see an exact copy instead of the original. I don’t. I would rather have copies of thousands of great art works come to my town, then to have to travel to a thousand museums to see the originals.

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Mass marketing of paintings would do for art, what it’s done for lit = books, film = DVDs, or music = records. It would take it from an elite few fans, to a world wide audience. Here are some more good reasons.

1. Printmakers like Rembrandt or Picasso made prints. Are those copies worthless because they are not original – not the original drawing, but the print pulled from that drawing?
2. If I as an artist, love copies of my work – and I do,{sometimes they are better because I can make copies bigger, add color to the copies, make paintings of details of the copies – all without hurting the original,) – are you right to block me from making them? Am I wrong to think they are art?
3. Do you have to read the original manuscript in the authors hand, instead of a published copy of that book to get all it’s meaning? Do you have to hear the original tape recording made in the studio, instead of a record of that recording to enjoy the music?
4. Would you prefer 1 original that usually is hard to see except by a rich elite, or would you prefer exact copies for all, even those who know little about art.
5. The technology of reproduction is so good that I contend that you could take an original art work, plus 4 exact copies, display them in the same frame, and viewers could not all agree on which is the original. That is how good the technology is now, and it’s only getting better. So it”s time to ship the copies and store and protect the originals.

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Share the art and protect the originals.

Modern Art Satire – link

August 19, 2015

My nephew Erik sent me this link. Beware, though it looks innocent with the main characters a Mom and her kids at an art museum, it’s “R” rated. What I like about it is that it does show you some of the problems with modern art that I have been talking about for years.

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