blog dialog: art and the internet – an open question

There are so many works of art I only got to know because of the internet and especially through blogs. Amazing artists who would have been never known to me and whose work I enjoy immensely and allow to take an influence on my own standard of creating. I come to other artists’ blogs for encouragement when I feel that I have spent too much time with myself and my own work; I admire and am in awe of the amazing work from the most unlikely corners of the world – of the skill, the amount of expertise and professionalism and fortitude both in writing and painting/illustrating – I actually feel that the internet has allowed me to find my own “people”.
I am currently writing my (legal) doctoral thesis about museum and other cultural spaces and the selection process of paintings and artists to be included in exhibitions in those desired spaces.With the internet, artists – for the first time in history – have been empowered to present their work to a wider audience regardless of whether the art, cultural and political establishment will accept it. I would be truly interested in feed-back about representation of artists to the public. In your experience: does the work you are finding included in traditional exhibition spaces represent the spirit, quality and intellectual content of work artists you know are currently working on?

4 thoughts on “blog dialog: art and the internet – an open question

  1. I find it is representative. Whats changing isn’t the art or the artists so much as what defines traditional exhibition space. Even street art in the form of billboards is gaining momentum, and will probably become tradtitional over time.
    Several art organizations are renting billboards and letting artists send digital files in of their work. The billboards then rotate different artists on the billboard. This gives living artists exposure, as well as providing street art to ordinary people driving and walking near the billboards.

    • Susan, thank you very much for your comment! Your feed back is important for me to form an idea of how artists and the public equally find “official” exhibitions, exhibition in public spaces possibly (but not necessarily exclusively) sponsored by public funds, representative of their own cultural and political environment. At this rather early point in my work I am just trying to get an idea of whether or not artist feel included in the main political discourse of their time.

    • Do you feel that what you see in official exhibitions and what you conceive as important contributions to art through your experience as an artist are related? Or do you feel that there is a disconnect between the relevance of “official” art and the art that is relevant in your own political and cultural environment?
      Thank you for asking!

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