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“WTF?”.Thebigquestionabout

ContemporaryArt…

ContemporaryArt… 14ABRIL,2014 / LAVULPES MuseoNacionalCentrode ArteContemporaneoReina

MuseoNacionalCentrode ArteContemporaneoReina

Sofia.Madrid,2013.

YougotoaMuseumofModernandContemporaryArtandwhatyouseeisachair,aurinary,a heapofdetergentboxestogether,arippedblankcanvas,acanwithfecesinsideit(butnotany feces….theartist’s),videosofperformancesofanartiststaringatpeopleorlettingpeopledoto herbodywhatevertheylikewithit,picturesoflandscapesintervenedandtransformedbythe artist,streetgraffittisorcubesassculptures.Ifyougotoagallery,youmayfindachairlikethe oneyouhaveathome,geometricalforms,sculptedorpainted,pagesfullofsenselesswords, ordinary objects named as artistic objects, abstract paintings and a lot of other things that makesyouask:WHATTHEF*KISTHIS?

Yougotoalittleexhibitionopeninginatinygalleryfromthecitycentreanditissocrowded!All

thepeopletalking,meetingeachother,drinkingfreebeer,dancingandlisteningtomusicthatis

beingplayedlive…Meanwhile,theartpiecesyouwenttoseeareignored.Ifyouwouldliketo

havealookatthem,youcan’tbecausetherearesomanypeoplecrowdedtogether.Andthisis

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“WTF?”.ThebigquestionaboutContemporaryArt…|LaVulpes

whenyouaskyourselfWHERETHEF*KAREYOU?OrWHERETHEF*KISTHEARTYOU WERESUPPOSEDTOGOSEE?Youforgetaboutthem,joininginthecrowdedatmosphere andyoustartenjoyingArtasasocialevent.Attheendofthenightyougobackhomewithout rememberinganythingaboutthepicturesyouwereabouttosee,butwithabunchofnewfriend

requestsonFacebook.WTFwithArtnowadays?:“It’sdead”,ArthurC.Dantosaidinthe80s.

Iwillneverforgetwhatayoungteachertoldusoneday…Facingthequestionaboutwhatart

was,shealwaysaskedherself,andtous,“whatisArt,butinwhichperiodofArthistory?”

IfwethinkofArtasatechnicalprogressofrepresentationandvisualperception,then,itdoesn’t exist anymore. What does this mean? This means that the historical meaning of Art is exhausted. That happened around 1905, when painters and sculptors started asking themselveswhatthecinemamediumleftthemtorepresent.Fromthebeginningofcivilization until the end of the 19th century, we believe that Art is a continuous history of technical progression in representation based in the mimesis (copying world’s reality). That continuity stoppedwhentheAvantgardemovementstransformedArtintosomethingwithouthistory.Since then,Artisindependentbecauseithadbeingcompletedorfinishedthroughitsself­thinking,so itisnolongersupportedbyhistory,butnowitissupportedbytheory.Knowingthiswecan

answerwhatmyteacheraskedwithonesimplequote:beforethe20thcentury,Artrepresented

imagesandafterthelastcentury,Artthinksimages.

Unlikepaintingandsculptingastechnicalmediumsofrepresentation,sincethebeginningofthe 20th century, everything can be transformed into an artistic medium, and everything can be thoughtofasart:

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My work is to breathe

MarcelDuchamp.

Nowadays,theconceptionofartisticprogressgoesbeyondpaintingorsculptureandreflects

theexpansionofourrepresentationpower.Untilthe19thcentury,theartist(painterorsculptor)

owned the technology to provide “real” vital experiences. A picture in the Renaissance was alwaysconsideredasa“windowtotheworld”,andthroughouthistorytherewasthebeliefthat in painting everything would be shown. But that progress stopped when photography and cinemasuddenlyappeared.Perhapsweshouldblamethem?Thedistancebetweenrealityand representationslightened,evendisappearingwiththosenewmediums,butalsowiththe“ready­ mades” years later. Conversely, abstract painting emphasized the distance between representationandperception.

Expresionism, Abstraction, Surrealism or Cubism, although being traditional painting, their representationdistancesitselffromthevisualconventionsofperception,makingitdifficultto recognizewhatispainted.Thereisnomoreprojectionoftheoutsideworldbutaprojectionof theartist’sinsideworld.Artstartedgoinginthesamedirectionasartists,becomingintroverted andexpressingitself.Artisanexpression.Thenitisusedasakindoflanguage.Butdoes anybodyknowthatlanguage?Cananybodyuseittoexpresssomething?Butmostimportant, cananybodyunderstandit?

Another distance is contained in present Art, that is the distance between perception and understanding,betweentheartpiecesandthepublic.Iftraditionalartistsweresearchingforthe bestwaytorepresenttheworld,andtheniftheystartedtouseartasawayofanexpressionof themselvesandfinallyifArtandartistsignoredtheworldinordertoexpressandthinkArtitself, whatisthepurposeorutilityofArt?IfDuchampdeclaredthatartiseverythingthatisapriori, andthatanybodycandoitwhyisArtonlywhatisinsidethemuseumsorgalleries?

“Artisdead”,itseems.Notbecauseofitsself­thinkingbutalsobecauseofit’sutility.Itoldyou

howapieceofartcanbeignoredinanexhibitiongallery.Beingasindependentasitisnow,

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what connection can Art have with the reality where it comes from? If not everybody

understandsit,whatisit’spurpose?WhyisContemporaryArtsoproblematic?Wheredoesthe

problemcomefrom?FromhistoryorfromArtitself?Whydon’tpeoplelikeit?Idon’tknow.Ijust

knowthatIloveitbecauseIhateit.Ihateitbecauseitsinsofpretentiousness,itissoexclusive

andbecausesometimesit’streatedlikeaproduct…ButIloveitbecauseitmakesmequestion

it,andIreallylikethereactionitprovokesinpeople.

…and we visited a museum, the Pompidou Center. Yes, the biggest contemporary art center that I have ever seen. It is TOO MUCH. We spent four hours and we couldn’t see all of it (…) It was TOO MUCH. Madness! There were a lot of people and that was huge. Our body and head hurt us because there were works that made me ask what the hell are they doing there… I don’t know what to tell you about contemporary art anymore, it looks like a fraud to me, they are making fun of people in their faces while they believe themselves so intellectual by feeling marveled in front of pieces that aren’t worth anything and that don’t say anything because they are absolutely nothing. The world is crazy Gio.

Noe.

they are absolutely nothing. The world is crazy Gio. Noe. MyfingerpointingPompidou CenterfromMontMartre.

MyfingerpointingPompidou

CenterfromMontMartre.

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Paris,2011.

MaybeContemporaryArtisnotsobeautiful,butitisveryinteresting.Asmyfriendexpressed

herself,hereyouhaveotherkindsofreactionsaboutsomecontemporaryexhibitionsIhave

visitedthroughgalleriesandmuseums.

visitedthroughgalleriesandmuseums. Commentsaboutaexhibition intheGalleryofModernArtin

Commentsaboutaexhibition intheGalleryofModernArtin

Glasgow(2011)

intheGalleryofModernArtin Glasgow(2011) Vandalexpressioninthe ContemporaryArtMuseumof

Vandalexpressioninthe

ContemporaryArtMuseumof

Barcelonaprogramthatsays:

“Fuckoffyourintellectual

bullshit”(2012)

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“WTF?”.ThebigquestionaboutContemporaryArt…|LaVulpes Commentsaboutan exhibition(up)atthe GalleryofModernArt
“WTF?”.ThebigquestionaboutContemporaryArt…|LaVulpes Commentsaboutan exhibition(up)atthe GalleryofModernArt

Commentsaboutan exhibition(up)atthe GalleryofModernArt

inGlasgow(2014)

Inconclusion,ContemporaryArtpiecesmakesmethinkaboutwhatArtcanbe,inansimilar

attitudetoJeanDubuffet’s,whowonderedifArtcouldexistwhereitisnotnamed…

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“WTF?”.ThebigquestionaboutContemporaryArt…|LaVulpes WhatIthinkaboutContemporaryArt . Instagram@juanalavulpes

WhatIthinkaboutContemporaryArt.

Instagram@juanalavulpes

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