.Reviewing the year's local art scene, art critic for THE AGE Robert Nelson distinguishes between...
Since the publication of Nicolas Bourriaud's Relational Aesthetics in 1998, you can sense the terms of artistic interest and prestige slowly changing. Instead of seeing art as the product of a unique individual author, relational art prefers the idea of works springing up in dialogue with the user, referring to the social context that artists share...and reckons...
Alas, the problems with relational art are as big as the theory that supports it. There was once a time when artists immersed themselves in a medium and satisfyingly concentrated on poetic invention within it. As artists abandon the techniques and discipline of a medium and see their role as social facilitators and theorists, they have less and less chance to make a contribution to visual language. They tend not to come up with things that are interesting to look at.The red emphases are by bLOGOS/HA HA
Reflecting on art's paradoxes
Robert Nelson / THE AGE
28 December 2011
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You (who RN nominates as the subject : see paragraph 1 above) may or may not regard these as things that are interesting to look at.
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
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