Are we losing beauty?
Art used to be beautiful, it found charm in the most simplest of activities like Rembrandt’s paintings of a woman reading. Or of course Botticelli’s ‘Birth of Venus.
Beautifully painted landscapes and vases of flowers. These were all unnecessary items, but one can argue and say all things are necessary some are just not needed. Buildings too, became so functional that people did not want to live in them anymore.
Art is always a reflection of society at any given point. Much like fashion. It is said (by himself) that Marcel Duchamp killed the creativity of art, he wanted to show realism. By show casing a urinal at an exhibition.
Realism is all over our society, another artist show cased a females bed, unmade and strewn with stockings and condoms. Is this Art?
Sex is also a thread that runs through art and history, as a sign of our times. Some artists showed people ‘vomiting’.
A lot of sexual activity these days also show cases ‘vomiting and spitting’. I feel sad. Have we lost beauty? Or is realism boring now, what will take it’s place?