Questions! | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios | Summary and Q&A

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July 16, 2015
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The Art Assignment answers viewer questions about art, museums, inspiration, and the role of beauty in art.

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Key Insights

  • 🥰 Museums will continue to be relevant because physical presence with art offers a unique experience.
  • 🥰 Art that provokes thought and reflection has value, but there is also room for appreciation of mere beauty.
  • 🥰 Pushing oneself and asking questions are important elements in creating good art.
  • 🥰 The line between art and craft has blurred, and craftsmanship is still relevant in contemporary art.

Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hey, everybody. So, uh, sometimes we go on vacation, but The Art Assignment never goes on vacation. So today, uh, from vacation, we are going to answer some of your questions. Let's begin with Korfi who asks, I'm not going to ask a question. I'm just going to throw two words out and see your response-- Bob Ross. Oh, genius. Truly a ... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What is the public's relationship with museums expected to be like in the next 15 years?

Museums will continue to be relevant because being in the same room with art provides a unique experience that can't be replicated.

Q: What was one of the earliest works of art that inspired you?

One of the hosts was inspired by Lonnie Holley, an artist who used found materials, and Andy Warhol's Mickey Mouse paintings.

Q: Can something beautiful be considered art if it doesn't provoke thought or reflection?

While some art's function is to make you appreciate its beauty, there is also value in art that goes beyond mere beauty.

Q: How do you respond to people who say "I could have done that" about artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres?

The hosts argue that creating art that looks easy is often more challenging than it seems, and it's important to acknowledge the effort and skill behind it.

Q: Can art make you tear up?

Yes, art can evoke strong emotions, and both hosts mention specific pieces that made them cry, such as Alfredo Jaar's work on the Rwandan genocide and Frances Alys' video about moving a mountain.

Q: Can I just paint flowers because it's enjoyable, or do I need to push boundaries to be considered creative?

While painting flowers can be enjoyable, pushing yourself and asking questions are essential in making good art.

Q: Is craftsmanship still relevant in contemporary art, and what is the difference between art and craft?

There is no clear line between art and craft, and the definition of art now includes what used to be considered craft.

Q: Can we separate the art from the artist when artists are not good people?

It's challenging to fully separate the art from the artist, especially in today's world where we have access to information about creators. Holding artists to basic human standards is important.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The Art Assignment answers questions about Bob Ross, museums, and their relevance in the future.

  • They discuss early works of art that inspired them, including Lonnie Holley and Andy Warhol's Mickey Mouse paintings.

  • The duo explores the value of art that provokes thought and reflection, as well as the response to the statement "I could have done that" about artists like Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

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