Ana Finel Honigman has asked an interesting question over at the Guardian blog. She asks, Is an artist’s idea of what their work means more important than the viewer’s interpretation, or are they both valid?
I like the idea of a work of art doing its own talking. If it needs an explanation by the artist, he/she has probably made the work too complicated. An artist and an art critic should be two very different people. One creates art and the other talks about art.
I would still rather listen to an artist talk about art, rather than a critic talking about art though.
Here’s what Ana Finel Honigman says..
“..many academics or critics exploit art’s “messages” for self-interested methodological or political ends. But many excellent artists leave themselves defenseless against such hijacking because they cannot articulate persuasively why they do what they do. And further complicating these relationships is that many artists who can explain their work are more articulate verbally than visually, which is why much of bad art is not really art but is rather merely illustrations of ideas..” Guardian Blog