Sunday, January 28, 2007

Can there be multiple meanings to art?

"But, more fundamentally, can an articulate artist simply be wrong or even clueless about what his or her work conveys? And if so, does the artist's expressed intention trump the viewer's interpretation of the work?" "Recently I interviewed an emerging Middle Eastern, New York-based artist about some really exciting conceptual photography that she will be exhibiting in the Middle East this spring. I had been an admirer and supporter of her art for years and was particularly drawn to her current series, which, I argued in a few reviews, beautifully and insightfully illuminated important issues pertaining to older women's overlooked and undervalued status in western society. After thinking, writing and talking about her work so often, I finally had the opportunity to discuss it with her and discovered that we not only had completely different interpretations of her art and its message, but we have opposing ideas about what makes her work both beautiful and interesting." Simply put, her meaning was lost in translation for me. She was passionately trying to make what I considered to be a relatively outdated and unimaginative statement, and I mistakenly heard refreshing and enlightening poetry. That was Ana Finel Honigman in 'Gaurdian Blog on art'
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