Passionate Art Enthusiast

Artist Armen Avetisyan
Artist Armen Avetisyan

Redefining the Definition of an Art Enthusiast

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In the twenty first century art world, an art enthusiast is most likely a collector, art broker, gallery owner, or art dealer. It is safe to further mention, that the average American art enthusiast usually has large amounts of discretionary income, at their disposal. Especially because they are particular members of the elite, corporate business family or financial communities. These days, it is these people who generally end up representing the vast majority of art patrons, simply because they can afford to spend cold, hard, cash at an art gallery. The rest of us art enthusiasts get to look through a window.

It is also worth noting that if someone were to read the high society section of a late eighteenth century newspaper or magazine article, one would agree that the overall autonomy of the eighteenth century definition of an art enthusiast, fits the twenty-first century's art enthusiast description perfectly. Unfortunately there has been very little change. It appears that the definition stranglehold, on the artistic community, has remained the proverbial constant. It is as if they are still warning artists, who attempt to seek out middle and lower class patrons, that selling their renderings to this crowd of people, is a worthless venue. Simply put, artist of this nature become outcasts of the art world, and their art deemed unworthy by the corporate American snobs.


Get Rid of the Over Inflated Art Critics in NYC

Roberta Smith, art critic for The New York Times, and her husband Jerry Saltz, who is the art critic for New York Magazine.
Roberta Smith, art critic for The New York Times, and her husband Jerry Saltz, who is the art critic for New York Magazine. | Source

Are Two Black Lines Art?

It is my opinion that there is only so much a person can do with two black, paralleling lines. High society socialites aka "art enthusiasts" actually cast a black cloud on artistic merit. There is only so much contemporary art one can take. The analyzing measure system and critical reviews in the art world, answer directly to those who have the deepest pockets. It is this very reason that so much in the art world is being lost on Americans. Artistic merit appears to no longer be awarded off artistic talent. But rather, what some guy likes just because he writes for the New York Times. Please, enough already. I like the Futurists' approach to critical reviews, which was they hate them. Afterall a critical review is nothing more than someone's dislike or like, which is then very well written. These days, an artist's work is rewarded based off the critics and gallery houses opinions and they all answer to the highest bidders. No wonder funding for the American arts has been drastically cut, and endowments are at an all time low. Stop rewarding the highest creativity honors, to painters who only paint two black lines. That's not art, that is call drafting.

Time and time again, in gallery houses all over America, canvases adoring the most simplistic, straight, black lines, wins the convened spotlight, verses a richly detailed piece that captures a viewer's imagination. People want to be swallowed up by a painting, not made to feel like it is another road map. What happened to feeding a person's soul?

I fully realize that beauty is in the eye of the beholder however, in the art world, the beholder with the deepest pocket book, proclaims the beauty for us all. As an art enthusiast, I freely declare, "Enough already!" There is so much more to art, than the ordinary, hierarchy definitions that have plagued the cultural embodiments, which have now in turned engulfed the art world of today. Urgh...


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Pure Passionists Only

Since the beginning of time, art has defined the human race in general. It is a consuming influence that teaches people direction, it clothes us, shields us and determines under what discretion we might be inclined to express ourselves. When I look out a window and onto the horizon, I see art everywhere. I am definitely an art enthusiast, but not based off its current day definition, because I can not really afford to be one.

However, one only has to gaze upon the historical reference of Van Gogh, to know that he was one such artist, which broke the barriers between the enthusiast of the high society and the enthusiast of the lower middle class. Van Gogh never achieved, critical affirmation, until many years after his death. However for today's youth, Van Gogh has definitely brought out the Passionist, in college students across America. Adorning college dormitory walls across America, are prints of Van Gogh's masterpieces, pinned next to the latest Hooter's calendar or poster of the this years hottest female and male calendar models.

Art enthusiasts today have all but forgotten the little people that made Van Gogh, into the icon that he is today. Average everyday workers could buy his paintings for pennies on the dollar and they did. When the art world shunned him, there were patrons standing on the sidelines waiting, needing, and craving his artwork. It was the art patrons of the lower and middle class societies, which brought about Van Gogh's fame. Therefore, in middle class homes throughout America, Van Gogh’s “coffee table” books are an iconic, decoration staple. With that said, once someone starts participating in the art world, is can be a mind-blowing experience. Subject, materials, dates, events, movements, and historical importance break down each dimensional element. One simply cannot say they are an “art enthusiast" without being hounded by art snobs asking who, what, when or why. Nevertheless, if someone were to say, "I consider myself to be an ‘artistic Passionist .” Really, what more could the art snobs say, other than thank you?


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Always groovy, RK...

"...an useless..." while u is a vow, and you're supposed to use "an," it doesn't always work well. I advise removing the n...but that's just me. =)

I like this stuff, RK. However, perhaps when you have more free time go back and utilize the underscore and the bold and all that stuff. Learn to speak with it, and even mold your text around it--it'll give you a new layer of communicating your emotions with your audience.

I love art. I make about...oh, actually, lets just say its way less than 20,000 latinum a year. I love music, photography, paintings, books, comics, you name it--I love it. Art is but a name to a cause, and that cause is recontextualizing humanity in a compelling way.

In Light Speed,

lxxy


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

RK

Another great art hub! Yes Van Gogh has inspired the expression of passion and he's up there among my gods!

And yes, be true to what your passion is - love the art that makes your soul soar. That's what should matter and not what the rich art patron says :D


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

Thanks CrisA!

Hey lxxy I will do exactly what that.


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

Glad I can help!

And if you're an audience driven by Twitter, know that RK hops sox. And Chris A, for that matter! Check out more and all of their stuff!


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

lxxy, you are far too humble! You're the best of the best dude.

My favorite hubber and friend. GeneriqueMedia and lxxy!!


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

RK, you have a lovely and passionate side. I love the portraits here and truly Art is Passion for they complete one another. Great Hub dear.


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IntimatEvolution 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

Great hub!


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Lisa Hess 7 years ago from gsh393@yahoo.com

I just love the sexy of it all


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RosWebbART 6 years ago from Ireland

Beautiful hub! I just became your fan... RosWebbART


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RKHenry 6 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

Glad to have you on board! Happy New Year


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Wayne Tilden 6 years ago from Roseville, California

"Art Passionists," "Art Enthusiasts," "Art Lovers;" to most, I feel, the terms are nearly interchangeable and each person describes him/herself as one or another not mentioned.

Just remember what the great 20th Century philosopher, Will Rogers is quoted as saying: "I don't know anything about art, but I know what I like." (No high-falutin title for him)


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RKHenry 6 years ago from Your neighborhood museum Author

Ah, very good point indeed. Too bad the art world, doesn't follow this philosophical point of view. But I do like the way you think.

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