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Contemporaryart offers the chance for one to showcase to the world the specifictalent and creativity that he has. It also opens up the person to theworld of impossibilities, whereby it offers such an individual toattempt some of the actions that he may not have done before as heinteracts with the world around him and, as well, developsimaginative ideas. Contemporary art has developed over time toachieve the heights it currently is in and there is a huge chancethat it may go even much further in terms of aesthetic value and theappeal that it offers to lovers of art. Different field of researchconducted before and background knowledge attained in the art haveshown the certain features of art. The paper shall discuss thedifferent opportunities and challenges do exist for a contemporaryartist with reference to the works of Alison Knowles and BruceNauman.
Oneof the opportunities that are available for a contemporary artist isthat there is currently a wide level of acceptability of art in thecurrent world. Many people show appreciation for art and are,therefore, willing to visit galleries and art fairs to get to have aview of different works (Kinghorn, 86). Such a situation means thatit is now highly possible for the works of a given contemporaryartists to gain consumption.’ Given the fact that thesustainability of art lies in the ability of other people to findthem appealing, there is a huge chance for a given artist who ishighly talented to experience growth as more people get toacknowledge the works that he does through attending some of theevents where the works of the artist are showcased as well as theactual buying of the different works of art.
Thesuccess realized by Bruce Nauman Walking has, for, instance, beenable to attract a lot of influence in the field of art, owing to thefact that many people find his works largely attractive. Some of theevents in which his arts were hosted include the Los Angeles CountyMuseum of Arts exhibition in 1972 and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in1987 (Dobrin np). These exhibitions, among many others, have played ahuge role in making the works of Nauman gain a lot of viewershiparound the world.
Anotheropportunity that is available for contemporary artists is the factthat there is now a high level of interaction among them in such away that they are able to meet and share ideas with one another,concerning some of the elements of art that they may incorporate intheir works for the purpose of making them more relevant to the world(Kinghorn 86). They are also able to inform one another regarding thedevelopments attained in the field of art. For instance, AlisonKnowles has been able to associate with other artists and, therefore,able to expand the view with which people have towards art (Fultonnp) She has also been able to show the value that art has in terms ofdrawing out some of the issues identified in the society.
Globalizationalso has a high chance of improving the level of contemporary artexperienced in the world today. One of the aspects that may beidentified in the case is the fact that the world turning into a‘village’ has led to the sharing of cultures and ideas amongartists from diverse backgrounds and geographic regions (Kinghorn87). The case has, therefore, led to a situation whereby art hastranscended the known borders and being able to be passed on from oneregion to another. Contemporary artists gain from such a virtue giventhat they are able to take part in diverse types of works that havethe potential to improve the quality of work that they do and aswell, make them highly conversant with what happens around the world.Nauman, for instance, has been able to borrow from the works ofItalian and Greek artists. One of the notable works of art that couldbe linked to him is the Contrappostosculpture that represents the image of a walking man. Such worksenable the sculptor to make use of different styles that would helphim achieve a high level of input in the field of art.
Thecase of challenges in the art may also be identified as also suchcases could have an impact on how art is rolled out to the society.There are some instances whereby the galleries in which contemporaryartists showcase their art could not have a connection with workscarried out outside the state or country in which the artist resides.The situation would mean that people in other areas may not get toknow the artist or the works that the person does (Kinghor 87). Thereason for behind the said problem is that there are many players inthe field of contemporary art and there is, therefore, a chance thatsome artists will flourish in the industry while others will lack theopportunity to be noticed in the industry (Artinfo np). For instance,in spite of the works that Nauman has done, he could fail to berecognized in the environment outside where he operates becausepeople from other areas could not, necessarily be well acquaintedwith the works of the artist.
Anotherchallenge that contemporary artists suffer today is that there is nofixed discernable quality that characterizes art. In such a case, itwould be quite hard for an artist to have a measure with which toalign his works (Kinghorn 87). He may, for instance, not be in aposition to clearly point out the kind of features that he may needto put into his works to achieve high standards of work that couldenable him to meet the expectations that exist among art lovers.
Oneof the measures that contemporary artists apply to deal with theproblem is that they come up with varying types of works in a bid tomeet any gaps that may exist in terms of addressing the needs of theart market. Knowles, for instance, has been able to move creativityto a whole new level, especially with the creation of CelebrationRed,a piece of art that has been able to meet the appeal of a largenumber of people, owing to the level of craftsmanship that was putinto it as well as the as the uniqueness and attention to detail thatit bears. The situation, therefore, makes other people find it easierto identify with the works that Knowles has done.
Therange work observed in several exhibitions attended have a lot toexplain in relation to the world we live in. It shows a lot ofdevelopment of art, especially in relation to the creative naturethat people have put in the field. Such a case, therefore, clearlyshows that people are more attracted towards appeal andattractiveness of art and, therefore, demand for more creativity tobe put on the field in a bid to meet some of the gaps that couldexist. The works also observed point towards the fact that the worldhas become quite interconnected and as such, there is a lot ofsharing of ideas among people on some of the features and conceptsthat could be put into the works of art. There is, therefore, thereal chance that the works of one individual could be highly feted inanother environment.
Someof the institutions that Nauman has presented his work such as thePhiladelphia Museum of Art offers a huge chance for growth of anartist. The Museum normally hosts fairs from time to time, featuringthe works of both renowned and upcoming artists who would wish toshow the world the kind of pieces that they produce in order toexpend any influence that they may be having in the field (Art ofPhiladelphia Museum np). It also offers a chance for art lovers toprovide views regarding some of the pieces that are shown in them inorder to provide feedback to the artists. In such a case, the artistsare, therefore, able to learn more of their works and as well, someof the features that they may need to put into them in order to makethem more appealing through having active interactions with otherartists who could be more willing to provide their views. Such a casepresents a high chance of the development of art and a situationwhereby artists would be able to do away with some features that arenot as appealing in the today’s world.
Theart galleries attended also point towards the fact that differentassumptions have an influence on the works and presentation of suchpieces. The general assumption is that most of the people who visitart galleries are usually quite aware of the field and will,therefore, have a huge demand in terms of the expectations that theymay be having with regards to the general appeal that may be createdby artists ("Her Ordinary Materials np). It is, therefore,important for artists to ensure that they observe a high level ofpractice and as well, come up with works that will meet the demandsthat are there in the market in terms of their general appeal andrelevance to the people who view them. The artists may also need toput more attention on the practices that they brought in place duringthe presentation process of the works in an art exhibition.
Inconclusion, it is evident that contemporary artists have a share ofboth opportunities and challenges as they go through their work. Insuch a case, they need to put more focus on the strengths that existin the field while at the same time, doing all that they can tominimize on the challenges that may be experienced in the field. Theyalso need to put in more focus on assisting one another to raise thelevels of practice in contemporary art.
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