I love art. I’ve never studied it, though. I know some names, I’ve read some books, but I’m very much an outsider in the world of art.
I think there are two distinct types, though: art for the world about the world, and art about art that is for the art world. It’s a private conversation. Whether that is purposeful self-separation or just artists talking about what is natural for them to talk about, I’m not sure.
But it does make the whole thing both more fascinating in some ways and more intimidating in others. I find myself doing more research in order to understand what is being said and what it is in reaction to, but I’m also a lot less moved by questions like “What is art?” than I am by questions like “What is humanity?”
I suppose an artist can ask both in the same breath.
Excuse me, I’ve just been up all night trying to fix my sleep schedule and occupying my time looking at art auctions on the Christie’s website and watching documentaries. I’m also reading An Object Of Beauty by Steve Martin, and it’s all set in the art world. So, ya know, this. Forgive my obvious and uninteresting discoveries.