Monday, April 8, 2013

Georges Mathieu and the Question of Education in Art

The traditionalists in art have always been inclined to works made based upon skill, labor, and time. Creativity was the next step in the creation of modern art, however a certain level of detail and consideration to firm was still expected, even if it was unconventional. During the Postwar European Art movement, even the small standard of precision had started to be questioned. For example, take Georges Mathieu's art. He seems to have a point of view and want to convey something through his art, but he doesn't take weeks or years to do so, his art is rushed and done in one sitting only. It is interesting also that before studying art, his studies were focused on Philosophy and Literature. So despite his hurried manner with his art, he does perform it in some context thanks to his education. That itself is one view on the nature of art that can act as a rule- or an anti rule- for many: that education fuels art. Many artists in the past have been uneducated and had extreme success. But now, as more and more schools of art emerge, there is a certain level of respect that is implied when people hear that an artists has gone to Tisch or RISD. Georges Mathieu could have been on the cusp of this, with his simplistic art, the presence of an education could have given him the assumed legitimacy to be taken seriously and as a result, experience success.

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