Posted: Apr 22, 2011 12:59 pm
by Mr.Samsa
Admittedly, a lot of "abstract" art is shit and probably made just because the artist wasn't very good at anything else, but part of the reason why abstract art seems silly is because the average person thinks art is about painting pretty flowers or odd looking women who you can't tell if they're smiling or not. For example, these are excellent pieces of art:

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One is just a canvas almost maniacally spattered with paint, and the other is literally just a urinal with the signature "R.Mutt" on it. The point being that art is more than just aesthetics, in Pollock's piece it's about the experience - being faced with the massive canvases that he used is like being immersed in a landscape, the "naturalistic" aspect of art and his love of accidents in his work was supposed to move away from the rigid and almost tedious forms of art that preceded it. Then with Duchamp's "Fountain" the idea was to question the idea of art, and he argued that whatever was made by an artist was art. So when a famous art museum asked him to submit a piece, he found an old urinal, gave it a random signature and sent it in.

The point is just that art isn't about creating pretty pictures - if that's what people want, then they're better off skimming through the desktop pictures on their computer rather than going to an art museum.