What do you get when you make work that addresses trends in art?

I started to write a comment to the comment to the below post about the Valley Advocate article; [sic] ” I do not respect art that simply responds to a political agenda. So I guess the initial premise for the show did not intrigue me, so in fact I was glad to see a wide range of response.”, and then I decided to make my comment into a post.

In reading an article in The Arts Newspaper about shock art in The Netherlands, I came upon the following; “It was Mr Hof’s opinion that “shock art” is on its way out in the Netherlands, and that contemporary Dutch artists are now making work that is more politically and socially engaged.”

The most discussed display at Art Rotterdam was this dog which doubled up as a cat. By the artist “Tinkebell”, it was on offer for   $6,500

The most discussed display at Art Rotterdam was this dog which doubled up as a cat. By the artist “Tinkebell”, it was on offer for   $6,500.

“ROTTERDAM. Most of the discussion surrounding the ninth edition of Art Rotterdam in the Netherlands last month (7-10 February) centred around a single work of art: a taxidermied dog, which, when turned inside out, became a cat.”

I suppose this bit would suggest that artists follow trends in art (sometimes creating “shock” pieces), and then sometimes even switch trends. To me that seems a lot like engaging in a theme, for making work that is au courant could be seen as a purposeful effort toward creating work to satisfy and capture the thematic attention of the art world and its market.

And then in today’s newsletter from The Society of Arts and Crafts is this:

Upcoming Exhibitionsceramic cups with image of Batman&Robin kissing
Political Craft
May 9 – July 27, 2008
Opening Reception, Friday, May 9, 6-8pm

With the upcoming Presidential election looming, The Society of Arts and Crafts is taking its own political poll, of sorts, by inviting a select group of artists to present their current ideas on politics. Exhibited work will comment upon a broadly interpreted “politics” and will tackle issues as diverse as: the environment, consumerism, race, religion, security, sexuality, terrorism and war. Partial list of exhibiting artists: David Allyn · Ian Anderson · Sonya Clark · Michael Corney · Nuala Creed · Rod Northcutt · Richard Notkin · Bird Ross · Yumi Roth · Joyce Scott · Christian Tedeschi.

Rampant!

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