Friday, October 7, 2011

Kandinsky: Specialized Art



"Art becomes so specialized as to be comprehensible only to artists, and they complain bitterly of public indifference to their work. For since the artist in such times has no need to say much, but only to be notorious for some small originality and consequently lauded by a small group of patrons and connoisseurs (which incidentally is also a very profitable business for him), there arise a crowd of gifted and skillful painters, so easy does the conquest of art appear. In each artistic circle are thousands of such artists, of whom the vast majority seek only for some new technical manner, and who produce millions of works of art without enthusiasm, with cold hearts and souls asleep."

"Competition arises. The wild battle for success becomes more and more material. Small groups who have fought their way to the top of the chaotic world of art and picture-making entrench themselves in the territory they have won. The public, left far behind, looks on bewildered, loses interest and turns away. "

— Wassily Kandinsky, Concerning The Spiritual In Art (1914)
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