Do you have an opinion on Lowbrow art.

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  1. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 9 years ago

    Lowbrow is an art movement that has been in the making since the 1950's.  The art incorporates pop culture and tells a story about how the artists see the world.  It's not about being vulgar it's about being a smart ass.  Think of Mad Magazine.  I wrote a hub on it and I'd like to know how my fellow hubbers feel about lowbrow art.  Here is a sample, a painting done my Mark Ryden called "The Creatrix."  I'm sure you can figure out what the artist is trying to point out.  What do you think?

    1. Davinagirl3 profile image60
      Davinagirl3posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      "Lowbrow Art" is a valid medium.  It speaks to an audience and it warrants an emotional response.  I like it.

  2. thranax profile image51
    thranaxposted 9 years ago

    I never known about it before, I find it hard to name an artwork as something, I just look at it all generally as art. I think some creative things can come from that art form. Someone who I think would love to put his thoughts in this topic is named "WhoArtNow", I wonder if he will stop by.


  3. girly_girl09 profile image74
    girly_girl09posted 9 years ago

    I've never seen this type of art like this before. It's definitely a unique piece. I don't really relate with it, but it's fascinating to me, all the same and I appreciate that.

    Thanks for sharing. Will check out your hub.

  4. livewithrichard profile image84
    livewithrichardposted 9 years ago

    It is a facinating movement.  I love the way lowbrow artist incorporate pop icons, past and present, in a way that gets the viewer thinking.  It's a commentary and if you are thinking then the artist did a good job.

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    Leta Sposted 9 years ago

    It doesn't seem so 'low brow' in the traditional sense to me, but pretty high concept.  And is reminding me of Hieronymus Bosch.

    1. livewithrichard profile image84
      livewithrichardposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Ryden's painting is pretty tame for an example of lowbrow.  There are plenty of lowbrow artists that some would lable as pornographers. 

      I can see how it might remind you of Bosch, but Lowbrow is greatly affected by mass media and propaganda.  I'm sure some form of that was going on a few hundred years ago during Bosch's

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        Leta Sposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I guess what I'm saying--and that's just my personal reaction, Bosch--is that it's still high concept.  Not kitsch.  Real stuff--like what we did in grad school (I went for painting).  Being affected by the mass media is just fine--we had people stringing up polaroids as installation art.

        Would you consider Jeff Koons lowbrow?  (btw, I hate him--do consider his stuff pornography)  Of course, I recognize his place in the art world...

        I'll just have to come read your hub, smile

        1. livewithrichard profile image84
          livewithrichardposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Koons is definately lowbrow.  When Robert Williams started Juxtapoz magazine he said something along the lines that when your artwork shows up on a zippo lighter then it's all little did he know how this movement would take off.

          Koons, who I think was married to an Italian porn star, definately thought on those same lines. He's of the opinion that true art is dead and artists today should stick to illustrating the side of a cereal box.

          Still, he's one that goes for he shock factor.  Like you, I can recongnize his place in the art world but that doesn't mean we have to like his work.

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    randall malcolmposted 9 years ago

    Cool post. I love the piece. Seems like the progression toward and beyond post-modern tends to incorporate more mundane or "low-brow" forms and ingredients. The idea of :low brow" visual artwork reminds me of dadaism, the poetry movement that was highly anti-art/poetry. Interesting stuff.

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    Leta Sposted 9 years ago

    They are talking about 'beyond post modernism' in the academosphere now?  Cool.  Had to happen, and thank God.

  8. Daniel Carter profile image80
    Daniel Carterposted 9 years ago

    It seems to me that we can get all snobby about anything, really. My take is that we actually "need" all these forms in order to give us depth meaning and understanding about ourselves and our surroundings. It's actually okay in my book to not like something, but it's not okay to dismiss substantive things as "useless." In other words, lowbrow art really is a significant statement, regardless of whether or not you actually like it.

    It's like Andy Warhol. Lots of people don't like his work, but no one can deny that he is an icon in art. There is a place for these kinds of statements.

    I rather like a wide diversity of things, but don't like everything in all these genres. I'm picky about this and that.


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