Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wherefore art thou

After reading this article on Google Art Project, I mostly have to agree with the author. The web can keep art in front of people who can't get to it easily. It can introduce people to new images and visual ideas. It can act as a refresher course on art you've already seen and started to forget/take for granted. And it has at various times done all these things. But you can't get much of a better understanding just by zooming in on brushstrokes.

There probably are untapped ways to exhibit work online. Something that wouldn't try to replicate the experience of museumgoing, but would actually create a new work in itself. But Google doesn't seem to be going that route.


susan said...

I read the article and I agree too. Online viewing of art can be helpful but it's much like the difference between looking at a picture of a sunset on the beach and actually standing there with every part involved. You just have to be there.

On the other hand I did happen across an excellent French site of Monet's work. I'm sure you'll like it too.

I hope you have a nice weekend :-)

Ben said...

Ooh, that's a very nice looking site. It's a good example of form fitting content, telling you something about what Monet was like as an artist. And those rose petals are trippy.

Le Week-End, you enjoy it too.