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Graffiti:

I think that is a very controversial issue. Connected with the ramshackle areas of cities, sometimes they only contribute to worsen their image. It’s no wonder teenagers signing on walls only to indulge themselves must be punished. Nevertheless, where do we draw the line between dirty and something good?
Since I was I child I’ve always felt a kind of attraction for them. In the beginning, the feature what more appeals to me was their gaudy color. Fluorescent green and pink, colors so opposite that you almost need to wear a pair of shades to be able to stare them. These days, my tastes have changed. There are many other aspects that make graffiti far special. For instance, when I am walking along the street in an unknown city and all of a sudden one of these paintings appears, it’s like a present for me. And there I’m, stuck like glue, watching and enjoying the views. Another thing that makes it more thrilling is the fact that they are ephemeral. We don’t know how long it’ll last, one month or only a week. And the most important for me, it’s just accessible for everybody. Even if you don’t want to see it you will.
There’s a graffiti artist that I’m keen on, he is Suso33. I discovered him when was watching a program about underground art. Sometimes his work isn’t beautiful at all but it has something impossible to explain. Fortunately, last summer I had the opportunity to see one of his graffiti in Cartagena and this is the result.




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I’ve also posted a video because I want you to see how he works. It’s an aggressive way to paint but the result is unbelievable.





Great video and great portrait! Street artists have to be quick in order to avoid being caught and they seem to have turned that into a very energetic and powerful way of painting! Thanks a lot for the photos and the video. I love the one on the right.When I have time I´ll post the pictures I took in a Street art tour in east London.

And if you like the topic you have to watch this film: Exit through the Gift Shop; it starts off as a docummentary about Banksy (the most famous Street artist in the UK) but it ends up being a reflection on modern art and a docummentary about another interesting artist!
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Blimey, worderful!! I did'n know that street art tours exist. I'd love to goon one of them, when I go to London I'll take it into account. Sadly in Spain is the other way arond as amazing creations have been wiped out lately. It's as if we only value expensive and famous things.


Work of art?

When I speak about art it’s impossible not to think what art is. Thinking about the issue, beautiful landscapes and very well done portraits came to my mind. For instance, one of my favorite work of art used to be Samothrace Victory. I can remember crystal clear when I saw her for the first time. I was going upstairs, like any other in the Louvre and once in a while she was there. With her classical beauty and her huge wings, her clothes moving with the wind and almost humid, it was something that mesmerized me.

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On the other hand, when I visit contemporary art museums I have mixed feelings. There are many things that really appeal to me. It makes me think how creative can be the human being. However, artists are always seeking new horizons and sometimes they go too far. But the thing that shocks me most is the money that some people are willing to pay. What moment it changed from disgusting to art? I can’t understand it but maybe I’m quite narrow-minded. What do you think?
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Thanks for the contribution! Art is one of my favourite topics! For me art is not about beauty or sheer technical ability. There are wonderful portraits of ugly people by Velazquez and depìctions of horrible scenes by El Bosco or Brueguel, for example. And, on the other hand, there are, for example, tapestries which were skillfully made but are devoid of feeling.

I think art is a unique language that communicates feelings and ideas about the world and ourselves. So, a good work of art doesn´t have to be nice, it has to convey some kind of meaning, and we have to bear in mind that the meaning is not what the work of art represents, but what those depictions convey through the use of color and pictorial composition (in the case of painting).

Let´s think for a while in what "Las Meninas" means, not what it shows, and I don´t think it´s easier to explain that painting than to explain an abstract one by Pollock or Rohtko. For me modern art is akin to classical music or jazz, because they are non-referential arts, unlike classical painting or songs with lyrics. And when we don´t have a clear reference we have to rely on the emotional connotations of the work of art. And that connotative meaning is where the artistic value of a painting lies.

Another issue about modern art is that it´s turned into big business and also into something cool and trendy, which paves the way for all kinds of excess, like Damien Hirst, who in my view is far from being a genius.

By the way, the Samothrace victory is also fascinating to me, and part of what makes it so special is the fact that it doesn´t have arms and a face, that makes it mysterious, and mystery is what makes many works of art great! The urinal by Joseph Beuys, I think, is really interesting in that photo, and out of context and in a different position it acquires a new meaning, however, that meaning is not as rich or interesting as the one you find in other Works...


ChecK out this video by Antony Gormely, it´s good practice and you´ll get to know a famous artist in the UK, the author of The Angel of the
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If you like photography here you have a few examples of Walker Evans, famous for his docummentary pictures of the Great Depression in the USA, after the Stock Market collapsed in 1927.
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And here you have two classic paintings that are both beautiful and mysterious. The Cenotaph, by John Constable (if you like it there´re a few at the Thyssen museum in Madrid and plenty of them at the National Gallery in London), and The Hotel Room, by Edward Hopper. If you couldn´t go to his exhibition in Madrid here´s the link to it:
http://www.museothyssen.org/microsites/exposiciones/2012/hopper/


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