Monday, March 16, 2009

Where is contemporary art going?

2008 SECA Art Award exhibit

by Ekaterina Levina

The 2008 SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) Art Award exhibit at SFMoMA promised to show new directions of contemporary art in Bay Area.

There were no surprises at the show. Social statements and political issues are as big as ever, and geometrical and symbolical abstraction is still in favor.

What is regrettable is that art presented at the museum is going as far away from working from life as possible. It looks like nobody cares about human emotions, about joys and sorrows of life, and their personal interpretations.

The exhibit had an intellectual and dry feel. Everything was digested from mass media - TV shows, political news, newspapers. Nothing came from artists’ personal experiences and hearts.
There were five or six oil paintings at the show, but they were very obviously painted from photographs.

I blame curators for the general boredom of the exhibit. What’s the point to select art which gives the impression of being made by one person? New directions shouldn’t look like one sterile anonymous picture.

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