Justin Bieber, lady Gaga and Damien Hirst.
Is this art?
I heard someday one definition I like. ‘Classic is the most representative of one period’. Yes but… who is the selector? Who is the man who says that one figure is good and the other is bad? Public? Criticisms? History? Looking a Delacroix painting in the Louvre I asked myself: are the brilliant colors of the flag more important than the perspective or the structure? I mean, would Delacroix be famous without that flag promoting France? In any case, it would be a different picture.
Sometimes, the painters are overestimate (sometimes they aren’t) and there’s a dark influence of the interests of a particular State. Propaganda? Yes, there’s propaganda in Delacroix picture but there’s something more we had forgotten: feelings! I must confess: I don’t like that teenager called Justin Bibber but, of course, I’ve never been in any of his concerts… Centuries ago, Mozart was the most popular musician of his time and they said that he was so… Italian? Modern? Now, he is maybe the better composer in the History. What does it mean? Nothing and this ‘nothing’ is absolutely fantastic!
Maybe, and just maybe, the magnanimity of an artist can be measured by his followers, the next generation of artists where we can still see the mark of this first artist. I think the case of Hirst, it is the case of a follower, not the case of a creator. He continues with the provocations of the first half of the 20th century… yes, I agree with Llosa but I must deny, at the same time, his reasons because art is… (If I can say with one sentence what’s art I would be the smartest man in the world and the most hated). Art is Mozart, he is, and art is also lady Gaga with her provocation: in classical Greece, there were artists that used provocation like Aristophanes.
This is a world obsessed with the question ‘who’s the best?’ and the continuous repetition of this question takes us to a labyrinth without exit because there’s absolutely no rule to determinate who is better. What would it be? Number of fans? Then, lady Gaga would be better than Mozart and Beethoven together. Money? Damien Hirst would be the better right now? And what happens with Michelangelo? Oh, there’s no money in the world and there’s no valuer who dares. How many millions of dollars…? No, art is not compelled into churches or in the streets or in Carnegie Hall or in La Scalla.
Art is the feeling after the art. And there’s no solution for a riddle with no beginning. Art is, simply this and nothing more, just and more… art!