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It's "get back to normal" week here at my house. After almost 3 months my septic system has been replaced. I've got the dishwasher running and laundry waiting to be done. They came back this morning to put down seed and blow straw over it so eventually I'll have grass again too. :lol: That means I should have a lot more time to focus on our school plans.

I was discussing visiting museums and historic sites with a friend. I would like to take some trips to visit museums and things. DS is really into history but I remember enjoying the gem and mineral exhibit at the Smithsonian when I was about his age. And the Air and Space museum. I'd enjoy some art too; but I think I'd enjoy that better on my own. I'd prefer to browse at my own pace; not worried about my kids getting bored and hating it. :lol:




What are your favorite and least favorite media and periods for art?




I really dislike modern art in pretty much any form; but espeically modern art sculptures. I can appreciate them; I just don't care for it and wouldn't want it in my house at all. My favorties are harder to define. You could consider Architecture functional art so that's my favorite if you agree. But I enjoy paintings a lot too. There are usually so many details if you stop and look. The same goes with architecture.

I took two art history classes in college and it's still hard to define which period I love the most. Architecture is fascinating from ancient to Victorian. After that is; blah. I felt like I was probably the only person in my classes that didn't think Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater house was just the most amazing thing ever. :lol::crazy: Ancient art is interesting in museum or native form; but nothing I'd bring into my home either. I guess my favorites are anything from late Renisance to Impressionism. You definitely lose me at Van Gogh. :lol:
 

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Modern art is definitely my least favorite. No offense to any lovers of modern art, it’s just not my thing. I do love Impressionism and Some art pieces from the Renaissance... I just find it so pretty :). So I guess I basically agree with everything you said, MoochNNoodles MoochNNoodles :lol:
 

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I can appreciate most art except for 99% of absurdism, cubism, and surrealism. I hate Arte Povera. My favorites though are impressionism, post-impressionism, fauvism, abstract, and abstract-expressionism.

To be fair, "Modern art" encompasses many styles and includes impressionism, which is considered the birth of Modernism and Modern Art.
 

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I have, perhaps, an underdeveloped sense of aesthetics, I guess you could say. I don't have any appreciation of art at all. I mean, there are things I like looking at (although that's very eclectic; I don't have a theme), and I can appreciate the hard work it takes to make something, but I see no point in going to a museum or gallery to look at art (I do very much enjoy going to museums to look at historical/biological stuff though).

If someone says "this piece of art is worth a bazillion dollars!", my brain immediately thinks "well, that's dumb, can't you have someone else paint/build something just as nice to look at for the price of the materials and their time?" It just. . .doesn't do anything for me.
 
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To be fair, "Modern art" encompasses many styles and includes impressionism, which is considered the birth of Modernism and Modern Art.
I think it's interesting how one period blends into another. I think it stops at impressionism with me because I like the dreamy quality of human figures in the painting; but they aren't abstract. Sure it stretches the imagination less; but thats ok too. I might enjoy finding shapes in the clouds; but some abstract art is as interesting as an inkblot test to me. Does that even make sense? :lol:
If someone says "this piece of art is worth a bazillion dollars!", my brain immediately thinks "well, that's dumb, can't you have someone else paint/build something just as nice to look at for the price of the materials and their time?" It just. . .doesn't do anything for me.
I can definitely understand that to a degree. If it's worth that much I'd rather see it in a museum for the world to enjoy. I don't believe you can really reproduce the masters; but I'd rather see the masters enjoyed by the masses. I remember seeing Thomas Kinkade on QVC when I was younger and being fascinated with how the painting changed as they raised and lowered the studio lights. Now you can find his work everywhere and I bet people see it as overdone (especially since his studios keep churning out stuff after his death). But I'd still enjoy a nice size piece in my home. But I don't need a houseful. We do have one print that was a gift years ago. I would like to compare paper prints to canvas if I had the oportunity to purchase something like that. I think some wealthy people just think differently.
 

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To my way of thinking, the Mona Lisa is art; the Pieta is art; the photography of Ansel Adams is art. Picasso? Dali? Jackson Pollock? Um, no. If it has to be explained, it ain't art.
As to Frank Lloyd Wright; he is, to my estimation anyway, overrated. Here in western NY, we had 3 buildings designed by him, 2 of which survive. His Larkin Building, however, never could solve the problem of his novel roof design leaking. Fallingwater had to have steel cables installed to keep the cantilevered section from collapsing into the stream. Like so many other things, in theory it was great but in practice, not so much.
 

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I don't believe you can really reproduce the masters
I suppose my point is, what makes "the masters'" work any better than anyone else's? I've definitely seen art that look just as good from small local artists, who aren't famous. If nobody told you that the Mona Lisa was special, would you look at it and say "this thing is definitely better than all the other portraits out there!" And now, of course, computers can reproduce any style you want, and even an expert can't tell the difference.

Or in other words: if there's a counterfeit that's hotly debated as to whether it's real or not, why is it worthless if it's found to be counterfeit, but priceless if really done by that artist? If it's hard to tell the difference, it must be just as nice to look at, so WHY???!?

I like Terry Redlin-type paintings too, and I'd expect to pay a fair amount for a large canvas, due to the materials and work, but I wouldn't pay extra for one done by Terry Redlin vs one done by his studios or another artist who's just as good at it.
 

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I don’t really have a period or type of art I prefer, but mostly I like things that have bold and bright colors and patterns, whether those are vintage or modern. Most sculptures are a little too fussy for me but I am crazy about hand thrown or decorated pottery or glass.
 

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19th century academic art is pretty boring. It had to be painted a certain way, with certain themes, and there was a hierarchy to be followed. Modern art is when art really started to get good, in my view.
I completely agree! Impressionism was seen as a rebellion against formulaic art. Hex, the Post-Impressionistic works of Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Gauguin and the like were seen as offensive to the art world at the time it began. They had taken the study of light and color from the Impressionists and forged ahead with more imagination and freedom.

I do mostly abstract and abstract impressionism myself, but my husband mainly only really likes my art that he can tell what it is with no questions. He appreciates my other stuff, but his favorites involve easily identifiable objects. Oddly enough, and despite the fact that he likes recognizable things in paintings, he does prefer my abstract flowers more than he enjoys my realistic drawing. I am unsure as to why, but I suspect it may be because he likes bright colors in art.
 
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Frank Lloyd Wright; he is, to my estimation anyway, overrated.
Heresy!! :angrywoman::lol:
this is a hard question for me since I dont know that much about art that is being mentioned here ... i like mona lisa ( i guess )
If you had to go to an art museum; lets say just to kill time. Would you prefer to look at paintings that look realistic, ones where they wear old historic style clothing, or modern where it could be anything in the image? Or would you prefer some kind of landscape? How about statues that look ancient or are made like ones from ancient times? Or would you prefer some kind of more modern image?

Thats a good way to look at what you might prefer.
 

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Heresy!! :angrywoman::lol:

If you had to go to an art museum; lets say just to kill time. Would you prefer to look at paintings that look realistic, ones where they wear old historic style clothing, or modern where it could be anything in the image? Or would you prefer some kind of landscape? How about statues that look ancient or are made like ones from ancient times? Or would you prefer some kind of more modern image?

Thats a good way to look at what you might prefer.
By the way, if you are ever in WNY, and you like Frank Lloyd Wright, his Darwin Martin house is in Buffalo, and his Graycliff is just south of there, in Derby.
 

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Heresy!! :angrywoman::lol:

If you had to go to an art museum; lets say just to kill time. Would you prefer to look at paintings that look realistic, ones where they wear old historic style clothing, or modern where it could be anything in the image? Or would you prefer some kind of landscape? How about statues that look ancient or are made like ones from ancient times? Or would you prefer some kind of more modern image?

Thats a good way to look at what you might prefer.
MoochNNoodles MoochNNoodles i think i would like things with period clothing
 

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I'm drawn to the Baroque style oil paintings such as Vermeer and Rembrandt. I also find The French Impressionist style of Monet and Renoir captivating. Unfortunately I've never been a fan of modern art.

Pre-pandemic I loved going to the exhibits at the Art Institute, (Chicago), and when one of my daughters lived in NY I always enjoyed visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
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I don't know anything about art, so I had to look up the art movements and styles to actually answer this. I like Fauvism and Pointillism. I also like functional art like pottery, glasswork and that sort of thing. This is a marble sculpture that I find incredible just because of the detail of the fabric makes it look real. It is by Chauncey Bradley Ives and it is called Undine Rising from the Waters.
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My favorite painter is Van Gogh and my favorite sculpture is modern metal. I not only like the way modern metal sculpture looks but I love the idea of someone with a welder creating art.
 

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I have to say that I don’t have a favorite period or even a favorite artist. I have favorite pieces of artwork. I can usually find something to admire by most artists. One I enjoy is Andrew Wyeth. I like his nature and the mood of many of his watercolors. Wind from the Sea is one I like that just seems relaxing to me. I like Degas paintings of ballet dancers, Renoir landscapes, Monet, Botticelli, Michelangelo, da Vinci and , although I don’t love most of his work, I do love the Dali melted watches and some of his religious paintings. On a more modern twist, I like Peter Max! Lol It takes me straight to a time in the world that has passed. If it evokes a mood, it will get my attention. I love architecture too. Not so much on ranch style! Lol Almost any before that though. Take me to any museum and I’ll have a good day. The Smithsonian? If only a person could see everything they have tucked away!
Too many museums and not enough time.
Good question!
 
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