Thursday, July 29, 2010

Journalism as it travels along modern art

Michael Rosenblum posted this

"Modern art – Bathers by a river by Henri Matisse 1910

Yesterday we went to see the new Matisse exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in NY.

(As we live on top of the museum, this was not so hard to do).

The exhibition has gotten rave reviews, and not being such great art historians, we took the audio tour, which makes life easier and far more interesting.

Last week we went to see RED, the Broadway show about Mark Rothko and the Picasso exhibit at the Met.

It’s been an art-packed week..... More here

Here's my response.........

And therein lies the rub.

It’s a simple enough argument with a powerful antecedent, but, as they fought then, the wise men from the academy le baux, so they fight now.

History and time will perhaps show how evolutionary changes over a continuum viewed in say 2020 as a snapshot of 20 years of change, came to be seen as dramatic change.

That when the pinhole, camera obscura and any no of devices encouraged the faithful reproduction of the image, the impressionist tired with it all took up a new course lending towards their interpretation of events mimesism ( Journalism abandoning forced balance).

But we know they paid initially with barbed critiques and being ostracized by the “wise men”.

The new journos look like being the Cezannes. Their work make’s no distinction between factivity, narrative and art. But alas for a legacy generation, the lines between journalism and new journalism, and art, must remain distinct.

And that is a shame.. but I rather think Darwinism might win the day.

Michael you might find what Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre says in this I-Videojournalism – design site I created for my artist in residency portfolio at the Southbank Centre

NB Apologies for the intermittent posts I'm looking to port over to a new blog system soon