Friday, February 15, 2008

answer that didn't get their in time in response to a Robert Genn comment...


Ted Openshaw...I did go to your page(enough said)...

as a more general response I would look to remind those who remember, that the Canadian art community voted to have Robert Bateman's right to call himself an artist revoked officially & resolved that he may only use the title " Naturalist " to describe his vocation...(though I consider naturalist to be an honour & a promotion that is besides the case...) I cannot find an internet link with the details as it was many years ago, but those who were artists in Canada when it happened should remember...The entire issue was based on his copying from photographs...If you did not know of this long standing stance in the international(as well) art community then now you do...those who choose to defend the practice are on their own...Rothko's work looks flat now because it is old...you have to read his methodology to understand & imagine the technique to achieve luminosity...(& btw, just because everyone eats at McDonald's does not make it gourmet...)for others new to abstract expressionism I add this...the reason many artists chose to circumvent realism was to honour their religious beliefs...avoidance of any likeness is actually a religious choice, Rothko was one...in case anyone thought abstract was for degenerates it is quite the opposite...(& thank you for those comments from nice people...)Happy Valentine's to all...I already feel lighter...

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