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“The more frightening the world becomes…the more art becomes abstract”
“They are imbeciles who call my work abstract. That which they call abstract is the most realistic, because what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things.”
“Objects damage pictures.”
“Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature. I prefer to see with closed eyes.”
“I was interested in the idea of why and how I could create a new story, a new narrative in art history and a new narrative in the world. And to do this, I knew that I had to see the way in which artists work, understand the artist’s studio as a laboratory, imagine, then, reinventing the museum as a think tank and looking at the exhibition as the ultimate white paper — asking questions, providing the space to look and to think about answers.”
“Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be change agents as communities rethink themselves?…. Think about artists, not as content providers, though they can be brilliant at that, but, again, as real catalysts.”
For anyone who is not familiar with art, has never taken an art history class, or feels lost and out of place in an art gallery, this is the video for you! That’s my sales pitch to watch this TEDTalks lecture by Tracy Chevalier.
Chevalier’s process is a non-intimidating approach to art that doesn’t scare anyone away because s/he doesn’t have a degree in art! It’s simple: look at art and tell yourself a story about it. So go to museums and galleries and just LOOK! Then tell yourself a story, ask yourself questions, draw connections to your own experiences, and then maybe you’ll start thinking about how the artist created the piece, its historical context, whatever! It will just start to flow! No fear!