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Art that Dreams are Made of – by Robert Genn

Art that Dreams are Made of
by Robert Genn

Readers of this letter frequently ask if I think there's some sort of malaise in art these days--particularly in Western Art. Some want to know if it's all to do with the economy.

Funnily, this question gets asked in all economies, good and bad. Generally speaking, when economic times are good more art is out there, and some of it gets mighty hard on the eyes. When times are slow, as they are in some areas right now, the collectors left standing seem to be hell-bent for "quality."

My frequent answer to those who are perplexed by recession is to take it as an opportunity to quietly go to work to improve quality. My idea is to be a private malaise fighter. These days I think artists need to dream bigger dreams.

North American painters particularly suffer from limited exposure to better work. Isolationist glue and democratic learning systems may be partly to blame. But there's hope. Psychologists have now determined that changes are taking place in the human brain. Some are able to use search engines as an extension of their brains, and others are not. Knowing how to find things is the new knowledge. Knowing how to perk up your brain makes for a better you. In our game, a properly perked brain may be the key to improved quality.

Recently, several readers have drawn my attention to the work of István Sándorfi. He was an early subscriber to this letter, and I was sorry to hear that he had died. István was a Hungarian national born in 1948, who spent much of his working life in Paris. Affected by the violence of the Hungarian Revolution and the problems he saw in political systems, István took early refuge in drawing and painting. Advertising illustrations, portrait commissions and painting sales eventually brought a degree of security. Later, exhibitions of his remarkable oils were held in many countries. Through the miracle of the Internet, we've put a video of the work of István Sándorfi at the top of the current clickback.

Maybe not all of us are using the full extent of our brains. Maybe we need to see that the world of art is a far larger and more wonderful place than we previously thought. Is it possible that Google may help us to realize our dreams?

Best regards,


PS: "Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall unveil." (James Allen)
Esoterica: Some among us have become such media junkies that we never have time for our own evolution. But there's a big difference between leafing randomly and going on purposeful searches for personal ends. The Internet is the new reality of experiential study. One thing leads to another. Quality can find quality. The ready mind is readily enriched. Creative evolution speeds up. Dreams may be sooner realized.

Robert Genn has given ARTAZINE permission to post from his twice-weekly  newsletter. For more of his artistic insight, visit his website at www.painterspost.com.

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