Sunday, February 1, 2009

1920's, 2009 & contemporary...

UPDATE: I AM AN IDIOT!!!! TURNS OUT THE 1920'S SPIDER WAS A 2009 SPIDER, NOT SILVER BUT STAINLESS & EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE MICHAEL ARAM ONE BUT MERELY USED...DUPED OR AN HONEST MISTAKE, ALL OF MY CONCLUSIONS BELOW ARE FALSE...& LOUISE BOURGEOIS IS BACK ON MY FAVORITE LIST...(SO IN THE END, THOUGH THE ANTIQUE DEALER MIGHT HAVE TESTED THE METAL BEFORE SAYING IT WAS SILVER, MY ILLUSIONS ARE REBUILT & ART IS ONCE AGAIN HOLY...)(I WILL THINK TWICE ABOUT BUYING ONLINE THOUGH...)




The first Miss Muffet tea strainer is made of silver plate & is from the 1920's...

The second is made of stainless steel in multiples by Michael Aram 2009...

The third is a contemporary artwork by Louise Bourgeois in an edition of six...

Comment: I remember a store called " Big " in New York in 1985, where they had kitchen utensils made huge & displayed & sold as art...(gi-normous sieve, spoon, is what I remember)...Is Louise Bourgeois' spider sculpture merely a very huge reproduction of the 1920's " Miss Muffet " tea strainer ?
Michael Aram's 2009 steel piece obviously is copied from the original version...

But what troubles me is the idea that Louise Bourgeois' concept is not original...I like the work & the bigness, but the source of the concept seems to be from the 1920s...

Is it ok for artists to plunder the past, as soon as we forget who did what exactly ?

Is work really original if it is merely a shrinking or enlarging of another artist's work ?

I love the spider...but now I know where the shape came from...Not from the present but from the past...

Perhaps that is why her last name is Bourgeois? (sorry, I am a little disappointed, saw this work in Ottawa at the National Gallery of Canada...one of six...)hmmm

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