Art has always been about being an individual, however there is a limit, to when people stop accepting the artwork one has done. Nevertheless it seems to be contradicting, because art is suppose to be open to whatever an individual believes is art, but then comes some questions have they worked on it hard enough, is there any academic art relation, and why would we call this art?
Well over the past week I have looked at two individuals who were clearly individuals in their fields of artwork making. One was William Eggleston, I watched the documentary William Eggleston: in the real world. The movie followed him around into different locations in America showing how he worked, and while he worked the movie was silent to essentially give you an idea of how it would be to just be looking and documenting, considering Eggleston said, “Photography tends to show much more than it can explain”.
His work usually shows photographs of ordinary things that people see every day, at different angles and makes people think differently about them. In the beginning he was not very welcomed by the art world, one of his shows was call, “the most hated show of the year” back in the 70’s. However he didn’t care what anybody thought which made him just continue to do his own work. Which is interesting, considering artists who stick it to the “man” end up being a well know name and person.
The second Individual I looked at this past week was Henri Matisse, at the MOMA Matisse show special. It was interesting to see the paintings he had painted and then had gone back in with pencil or pen to dramatize a certain areas. That would have been frowned upon is some areas of Europe, which was probably why in early 1900 he had with drew from the art world in Paris. He was an individual with vibrate colors, sometimes not showing the true nature of the persons skin tone, but he could show the form of a body. He definitely showed his power of the understanding of a women’s body with his sculpture of Back I, which was worked to represent a natural body. While his Back II, III IV all were distortions of the first.
He had could draw a figure the academic way but he chose to alter things to reveal drama to the picture or character, and individual artist like Eggleston and Matisse seem to draw character to the art world.