New Images
09 March 2007
  How many new art images we see each month ?
A question is browsing my mind for a while. A hard core surfer. How many new art images does he/she see per month ? I am not talking about all the other news images from the magazines and stuff we read, no, only images with the applied label "it's Art".

2000, 5000, 10.000 ? Of course it is not only a question of quantity, but also quality. At how many images we immediately tag the labels "boring" "not good" "shit" and so on ?

Seeing Saatchi's showdown, this comes to mind, as one is invited to rate all these art images.

By the way, the idea is great but the technique not so good, what does this means right now ?? Did I vote to often ?

Maybe it was decided that participating artists them self can not vote on other artists works ? If yes, why was this not from the beginning ?

Of course, we see all these art works only in a digital translation, if they aren't made entirely digital.

Most artist do not know very good, how to give their paintings the best digital look (me included). But it's ok, to see the digital output to understand the main concept of an art work, or not ?

Let's say yes, despite the many installations and other works, where a digital image is not enough, it's sufficient to value and understand it. Does it matter, that we spend much fewer time for each image, as we have so many to browse ? Or, was it worth to spent not more than two second for those average works ?

If I compare it to 1986, when I was a student in Dresden, how many new paintings and drawings I saw then, in originals and Art books each month ? Maybe sometimes 2o, sometimes 50 ?

Since I installed the great bookmark tool Notebook from Google, I can now recapture the most impressing or most boring images I saw, since I save them there, sometimes with a small comment.

What I realized for myself:

I spend more time watching, when it is a classical drawing, with pencil or coal f.e. on paper. This medium does not seem to loose too much of it's pull in its digital image. Or a collage from different mediums also tracks my attention.

Interesting installations let me have a feeling of frustration, as I want to be inside the room and wander around. This feeling I have with Cai Gui-Qiang Tigers (, what I find amazing (Thanks to Martin for the re-digging.) And what a title: Inopportune, this is as amazing as the rest of the work.

Do I get tiered or bored by looking at so many works online ? No, not at all.

Do I want to own some of the seen images? Seldom, yes.

What makes an image strong and art ? (He, He, the old question ;-)) An indicator is maybe, if you go back on a search, to try to see that certain image again, you saw a couple of days ago...

What have been Your favourite art discoveries last month ?

Here are some of my first class art discoveries
(this is very individual, as you may know certain images or artists for years, who I dicovered just now...)

Cai Guo-Qiang

The works by Robert de Niro Sr.

The nudes by John Currin

This mask by art student Frederico Gallo

This photo of Geronimo ( I know it since my childhood, but it really started to impress me just 2 month ago)

Torben Giehlers paintings

Get lost in the beauty of the Hummingbird photographies by
Flavio Cruvinel Brandao

This collage by Matthew Brannon

This work by Barbara Rudolph

These works by Jules Olitski, thanks to Franklin

Mark Wilson, A.Michael Noll and Herbert W. Franke at the Digital Art Museum

Andrew Shoultz fantastic works at FecalFace

The wonderful set Rie of Martin Bromirski

This work by Dan Colen

This work by Philip Taaffe

Nicolai Chistiakov at Saatchi Showdown


these photos by Tree from Helsinki

Good works are good works, it makes no sense to rate them with a 8, 9, or 10

But how many great art images I did not see last month ?

Best regards, Hans

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