Artsy & Digital world bringing us too close to art?
I wanted to share it because it raises a very interesting point about art and the digital world which is exactly what Artsy is about. Let me explain a little more, as part of their "Way We Think" series dailydot raise the concern about how Internet modify, alter, improve and transform our culture, taste, idea and way of thinking, and in particular for the art world.
I'm not gonna rewrite the article, but I'll give you an excerpt for you to judge whether to read the whole thing.
I'll use two discerning examples, first "Un dimanche après-midi à l'Île de la Grande Jatte" from Georges Seurat from which they show how we can extract inaccessible information as a regular observer. Seurat most certainly didn't expect people to see this strange mosaic face looking more like a picnic cloth than a eyes-nose-mouth face shape. Now what exactly did he meant to show when he drew this?
The second example is Cézanne with his "La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue des Lauves" raising the question about unfinished work as an intended meaning. "But what, exactly, is missing? What would the next steps have been?"
Clearly High-resolution provides a new dimension to explore artworks but also increase the difficulty to understand art, assuming something is to be understood.