The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, April 19, 2019

Exhibition at MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino presents works of artistic craftsmanship
WOLS, Untitled, 1945-1949. Acquaforte, ed 35/50. 11 x 9 cm. Private collection.

by Mario Casanova, Bellinzona, May 2018. / Translation by Pete Kercher

BELLINZONA.- Enigma and Desire are two concepts that are complementary and opposing sides of the same coin. Two aspects that defy tangibility, they come under the heading of the analytical sphere, however much they may brush against our senses and our thinking, which in themselves also remain incomplete and, to a certain extent, infinite, just as the quest for an informed definition about the utility and the functionality of art as a professional practice remains equally intangible and unsubstantiated now as it was then.

The twentieth century was crucial for the research and production of artistic and cultural fields, which attempted – and still attempt today – to go one step further, to pass over the threshold of object and objectification that they appear to have perceived in beauty, in decoration or in illustration, the ultimate ends of the creative process. There is no shortage of examples that poised to alter the history of the moment, all available for quotation, in parallel with the avant-gardes: from the Utopian-visionary movements to studies of psychoanalysis and of Rudolf Steiner’s theories, seeking at least to forecast and give some meaning to creativity in artistic fields, while also touching on attempts at magical or often spuriously energetic experiences.

In art, everything is subjective, precisely because of the antisocial dimension that underlies artistic practice and its scope: the enigmatic passage that takes place between the artist’s thinking and how it is translated by the hand into form, albeit within a merely decorative or illustrative context.

Not everything is art, yet from a certain vantage point everything is art, at one and the same time.

This is unquestionably one of the most important issues about which we have inherited awareness from the twentieth century, at least from the times of Duchamps onwards: the issue of creation as a fully-fledged, almost magical and alienating phenomenon that grows increasingly distant from reality and realism, where the component of randomness and of mystery in the creative act itself turns out to be unmanageable and unjustifiable in a rational approach. This called for the observer to make an effort of interpretation that is vital to reading the work of art.

There was no apparent utility to art, except as an investment and capitalisation of inner skills and knowledge, since the discipline remained something for the lucky few until the introduction of universal education. Not even the socio-political commitment of militant democrats proved capable of justifying the elevation of art above other trades, with the exception of the prices it commanded on the market. An old Italian proverb says that “beautiful is not what is beautiful, but what we like“. But is it actually correct to say that beautiful is not what is beautiful?

So the definition of the approach to the creative process also encompassed the creation of objects, which in reality come within the category of applied art, around which forms of refined and highly skilled decoration and embellishment developed that are certainly worth pondering.

Without going into the specifics of every work of art presented in this exhibition, and far from wanting to furnish a historiographical and analytical interpretation that would touch on a variety of complications, the curator’s selection nevertheless underscores this kind of approach to creation, yet at the same time to the definition of an endless array of incomprehensible parameters that are unreal and, to a certain extent, anti-societal and enigmatic, as indeed is art.

Today's News

June 25, 2018

New Giacometti Institute aims to provide new perspectives on the artist’s work

Nature, art, and glass: A delicate balance at Schantz Galleries

Banksy needles France with migrant mural blitz in Paris

War, wine and wonders: hopefuls vie for place on UNESCO heritage list

Sculptor Mark Yale Harris celebrates his 80th year with solo-exhibitions across the country

Abrams distributes new book 'Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up'

Joseph Bellows Gallery opens two summer shows

Han Solo's 'Return of the Jedi' blaster sells for $550,000

MATRIX 179 at Wadsworth Atheneum marks U.S. premiere for British artist Conrad Shawcross

Tania Coen-Uzzielli appointed new Director Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Selected Affinities: Christopher Grimes Gallery brings together works by four artists

Collector Lio Malca exhibits two video works by Bill Viola in Ibiza

Exhibition at mumok addresses the role of music by fine artists

The eight nominees of the third edition of the Prix Elysée revealed at the Nuit des images

BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts marks the fifty-year career of the Belgian artist Leo Copers with exhibition

CANTSTOPGOODBOY explores new mediums for a sparkling solo show at Corey Helford Gallery

World Cup fans soak up history in Russia's Volgograd

Exhibition at MACT/CACT Arte Contemporanea Ticino presents works of artistic craftsmanship

Kunsthalle Bern marks its 100th anniversary with exhibitions dedicated to Harald Szeemann

Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonino Salinas displays works by Evgeny Antufiev

Exhibition at the North Wall Arts Centre marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force

Salvador Dali 'Cookbook' art exhibition travels from Niagara University to Finland

Full STEAM ahead for US youngsters learning the art of science

Ultimate dinosaurs exhibition makes its Texas debut at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Apple releases Spring 2019 iPhone cases and watch bands with 'Delft Blue' color in the lead

2.- Star Trek: Year Five #1 original cover art by Greg Hildebrandt Surfaces at Heritage Auctions

3.- Guitars of the greats rock halls of New York's Met museum

4.- Historic jewels and exceptional gemstones highlight Christie's Geneva Magnificent Jewels Auction

5.- French museum renames masterpieces after black subjects

6.- Heathrow Terminal 5 exhibits skeleton of new species of dinosaur

7.- Missing Rubens sketch goes for $1.4 mn at auction

8.- The Museo del Prado opens 'Giacometti in the Museo del Prado'

9.- Inrap archaeologists discover an Etruscan tomb in a hypogeum in Aleria

10.- Picasso in Ivory Coast? A village tells of its brush with the artist

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful