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Abstract Art: Are You Into It?

That's a Mark Rothko by the way.

There is a scene in an episode of Mad Men where owner Cooper buys a Rothko and hangs it in his office. Most of the office is puzzled by the painting's abstractness, but some are genuinely moved by it. There seems to be a pretty clear split between people who love abstract artwork (or at least pretend to) and people who don't. 

I'm using Rothko as an example because he was pretty crotchety (he said of his work that "if you are only moved by color relationships [in my paintings], you are missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom"), but also because of the Mad Men reference. But I could just as easily have used Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollack, or a host of others.

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A good question.  Naturally, I like certain color combinations or interesting patterns and designs.  But I think it still takes a good artist to actually use abstract art to make you feel some strong emotion.  Or, in other words, not all abstract art is equal. It's a different style, not an excuse to avoid realism.

Nah! I do appreciate art in all forms, but this just does not do it for me.

See, to me, the above looks like a colorful television set.

I actually do appreciate abstract art.  Yes, I am one of those people.  Yes, I can stare what is ostensibly a blank canvas and 'feel' something.  What the hell, why not?

I like Rothko.  I like Mondrian and Kandinsky.  Never cared for Pollock.  Just because these artworks make me feel something doesn't necessarily mean that I buy the profound BS pitched around them, it just means that I can invent my own profound BS every time I look at them.

I would reference the emperor's new clothes here. I actually am a self described artist of sorts, and have been known to throw some hurried paint onto a canvas to fit a room that needed it quickly. I have copied paintings from popular home magazines just because they were so easy to do. 

I honestly have silently questioned what all the fuss is about Rothko, when you should be able to buy something similar at Costco! (do they sell wall art?). I almost copied that posted painting, but thought it not worth the effort, to be honest. 

It reminds me of a self appointed oenophile I know who didn't realize someone at a dinner party replaced a very expensive wine bottle with cheap wine and thought it was awesome. 

I'm sorry, I appreciate really good art. But really, how can one read into that painting? I am as deep as the next person, but sorry. Nope.

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