Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Art by Richard Wentworth






I am fascinated and that is everything what I can say about this kind of art. Total respect to the artist Richard Wentworth and his "flying books". I think that they are really nice. Enjoy!


source: sculpture.org.uk

36 comments:

LifeGeeked said...

Oh... Really Nice !
Great Job :D

KottonQueen said...

thats pretty neat. but whats the purpose?

Anonymous said...

purpose? what necessity is purpose to art...it is beautiful...very nice change on perspective

Solrun said...

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2385/1730622542_4a32450fef.jpg?v=0

From an exhibit in Berlin

Steve Karmazenuk said...

That's art how exactly?

So he drilled holes in the middle of a bunch of books and hung them from the ceiling. What exactly is the "artist" trying to express? The overwhelming desire to ruin a bunch of books?

nk said...

It's kinda cool, LOL, I like how it's like.. a plane of books. Like a floor strewn with books but not on the floor. But I'm bad at symbolism, so if it means other things, I'm not sure. (Like something condescending..? Probably not.) Looks cool though.

GATygerLily said...

I am brought to tears by this exhibit. I appreciate its asthetic value, but as an avid book collector I am literally hurt by the books being destroyed with holes through the middle.

Ahh, If only the artist could have acheived the same effect otherwise.

Pim said...

They used to hang in the library of the Istanbul Modern...

blankenstein said...

i'm sorry, this isn't "art." this is $100 worth of books from the bargain bin of a used book store pinned to the ceiling with string. a 6 year old could do the same damn thing.

that's the problem with art. you can literally take a crap on a canvas, call it art and people will applaud you for your amazing work, when all you did was fail to find a toilet.

this isn't art, it's just the result of a few hours of boredom. learn how to paint or something, richard wentworth. then we'll talk about your art.

Anonymous said...

to blankenstein

If you've got such contempt for modern artists and feel as though a six year old could have cranked out something more mind-blowing or worth your consideration, riddle me this:

Why didn't you?

You won't answer because you can't. Plain and simple. Richard Wentworth took the initiative and did this installation. Besides not knowing his intent you come across as stupid and lackluster. How many times has anyone heard that exact example of "modern art" before? You know, the one about taking a crap on a canvas and being applauded for it? Countless. There isn't a day that goes by, an exhibit I see that I don't hear the same bullshit criticism.

Blankenstein,

I urge you, if you feel so compelled to sling mud at artists please do so in one of the following fashions:

1: Don't. Shut up and learn to appreciate art for art. Quit wantonly bashing artists, their work and intent.

or

2: Fling mud...at a canvas. Do so in a manner that will garner the same applause and critical acclaim that Richard Wentworth does. That is, if you're man enough.

Anonymous said...

"So he drilled holes in the middle of a bunch of books and hung them from the ceiling. What exactly is the "artist" trying to express? The overwhelming desire to ruin a bunch of books?"

I hate the people who smear graphite on paper and think its worth something...What drives them? Urges to smudge carbon?
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"this isn't art, it's just the result of a few hours of boredom. learn how to paint or something, richard wentworth. then we'll talk about your art."

Wanna know how to learn how to paint decently well? A few hours of boredom. Art doesn't have to be Bound to paper or a canvas.

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the person who spanked blankenstein. I hate those kinds of comments as well....so old...so ignorant and uneducated. It is obvious these people know nothing of the artist and perhaps little about modern art itself. People think that they can look at a work for 2 seconds - a work that may have in reality taken the artists years to conceive of - and make an immediate call on whether it is or is not art.

In order to truly decide on something like that (if its even possible), I feel one must at least do 2 things:

1. Know the artist's history - this includes info about his previous works, style, and level of output, etc.

2. Know the artist's intent - what is he trying to convey to his audience. For what purpose does he create?

The 6 yr old comparison does not hold water for me because although a six year old may physically be able to construct what Wentworth created, the intent and artistic history experience are lacking. That is why a six year old could NEVER have done what Wentworth did.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

to blankenstein

If you've got such contempt for modern artists and feel as though a six year old could have cranked out something more mind-blowing or worth your consideration, riddle me this:

Why didn't you?

You won't answer because you can't. Plain and simple. Richard Wentworth took the initiative and did this installation. Besides not knowing his intent you come across as stupid and lackluster. How many times has anyone heard that exact example of "modern art" before? You know, the one about taking a crap on a canvas and being applauded for it? Countless. There isn't a day that goes by, an exhibit I see that I don't hear the same bullshit criticism.

Blankenstein,

I urge you, if you feel so compelled to sling mud at artists please do so in one of the following fashions:

1: Don't. Shut up and learn to appreciate art for art. Quit wantonly bashing artists, their work and intent.

or

2: Fling mud...at a canvas. Do so in a manner that will garner the same applause and critical acclaim that Richard Wentworth does. That is, if you're man enough.


I am ARTIST, I paint in oils and watercolors, I do so in many different styles non of which is "modern art" because "modern art" is a bunch of bull as stated above.

I think it's like the Emperor clothes, one person said they like so everyone else must fall in and say they like it too when in fact it's a load of crap.

If anyone is a idiot it would be the people that would pay for such nonsense as a exhibit like this.

Anonymous said...

would be cool if they were higher and used as a false ceiling. maybe used to dim the lights above or something. more of an interior design type of art than a museum type of art..

Anonymous said...

To the Blankenstein retort....

It's not abotu liking or disliking a work of art...it's about respecting someone's work and realizing that its more than garbage. There are plenty of modern works that I don't care for...but I can still appreciate an artist's statement and understand that not all art has to be pretty, highly embellished or decorated...isn't the purpose of art more than to paint pictures? Can't art also simply exist to elicit a response from the viewer - whether positive or negative, make social commentary, or alltogether break down those barriers of what one can view as art?? By saying that this is NON-art...you are saying that Wentworth does not have the capacity to create something that fulfills one of the above things mentioned. This is simply not true. Wentworth obviously has this ability...this exhibit took time and creative decisions that are meant to produce mental and visual (possibly even other physical) responses.

A 6 yr old has no capacity to make those creative decisions. An adult who has only taken one painting class would also not have the ability to create "art" (at least not of the same level) because they lack the technical experience.

It's like saying that I could be a biologist after taking 9th grade biology.

Keeper of the Chalk said...

Art is not just paint on a canvas. Art is the inner emotion or idea that an artist just has to get out. Something that takes this much time and effort to make people see something in a different way is art.
By the way, a 6 year old couldn't drill the holes, tie the strings and hang the books from the ceiling alone... 6 year old kids are far too short. :)

Anonymous said...

sweet art installation

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Anonymous said...

My issue is that it's just damn sloppy. Having the string run completely through the book just looks lazy. It would have been a very simple thing to preserve the bottom facing covers of the books.

Other than that, I like it's whimsy, and just based on the photographs, I like the color work going on in the arrangement. To really consider the piece, I'd want to spend time at the actual installation.

Anonymous said...

no skill / not interesting

Anonymous said...

Pompous artists. Why do you think that EVERYONE should LOVE and ADORE this amazing piece of art work? In fact where do you get off only calling it great without providing a reason why ? The negative criticism provided examples - however you did not.
And if you really think this is amazing then you must be some really boring people... I have tons of ideas much better than this one but I reserve my right not to fill up galleries with bullshit. Hanging things from a ceiling has been done many many times a long time ago...

Kluny said...

Books, glorious books...

Denver said...

I interpreted the artwork as questioning where thoughts and ideas come from. The books floating in the air symbolises a collective consciousness and how one can grab an idea if only they choose to.

The books are also not readable if being hung, giving of the impression that people dont read enough books but rather rely on the floating ideas to come to them.

In that regard this artwork is very potent.

styx said...

there is art; possessing creative integrity, whether you like it or not.

there is a dude with too much time on his hands.

i'm afraid we are looking at the later.

who paid for this? fool.

Anonymous said...

Keeper of the Chalk: Priceless! That's the problem with 'art' now-a-days, short people can't hang books!

Everyone else needs to chill, no matter what side you're on. This piece does nothing to move me in either direction. I neither hate it nor love it and therefor I can't associate with it as being artistic. Maybe if I've had a chance to see it in person or if I stare at it long enough I might feel something. That is my opinion.

If you find something in it, great! Express and discuss (but don't put others down for not seeing what you do). If not, shrug and move on (or discuss but don't put others down for their opinions).

Be at peace everyone :)

Anonymous said...

Dear God I am sick of installation art. It looks neat, but is getting to be seriously formulaic.

Take large number of objects.
Arrange them in white gallery in vaguely aesthetically appealing manner.
Document.

If the Whitney Biennial was any indicator, the idea of old-fashioned painting is about to reemerge as the subversive mode of expression. But the reconfigured, repeated object trend this piece promotes is tired.

paresh said...

great job, thanks for sharing.

Camille Minichino said...

It's creative and that's all it needs to be, to be art.

And -- as a writer, I think books are to be used. And if it means a hole has to be drilled, so be it. Books exist for us.

Camille/Margaret Grace
http://www.minichino.com

styx said...

"books exist for us"
its going to take me a while to digest that one.

Dann I. said...

sighs and chuckles galore!!
i like the comment about the art/artist being 'sloppy' and 'lazy'.
garsh that is so cool.
been searching for appropriate words to describe my own work besides D+.
thank you 'anonymous'
I love stuff that has no purpose, rhyme or reason anyway.
Check out the Very Bad Poetry Society or the Bad Art Museum for further enlitinkmink......

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Matthew S said...

Personally I believe the "art" here is not the display of other peoples' work but the work that had a hole punched through it and hung up.

I admit to bias, and those who disagree with me without doing the same are hypocrites. I am a lover of words and a simple aesthetic display leaves me far less moved than even a dry engine maintenance manual.

The display is interesting, but not so much as even a single book hung to do the piece. I hope the artist at least read each book before torturing it so.

-Alabaster Xnight

stroibessi said...

Wowieee! thanks for the link, this is awesome. I love how he also used a science book... hehe... (it defies gravity!)

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