May 2, 2018 by Jack Dziamba. New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday.
Can You Separate the Artist from the Artwork?
Can You Separate the Artist from the Artwork is an intriguing question. Some try to see whether events in an artist’s life are reflected in his or her artwork: Michelangelo,
Raphael, Rodin, Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gordon Parks, for example.
Many will first search for biographies, art books, and articles about the artist, monographs, letters, recollections of family and friends – all of which are written materials, considered to be secondary sources in the hierarchy of academic research.
Any actual videos of the artist may be searched for as an afterthought, but are considered less “scholarly” than the written word and, in the tradition of the 19th century, tradition, are rarely cited or linked or linked.
Fine Art in the New Media in the 21st Century
The [Old] New Media, makes videos and film of the artist him or herself available to anyone with an internet connection. These are a source of “original material,” which is considered to hold the first place in academic research. However, for many, research about an artist and the artwork is confined to the 19th century where the written word is still sanctified. Thus, video and film of the actual artist are rarely cited in even now, the academic literature of the 21st century.
Artwork and the Artist – Video of “A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol”
So, instead of expecting more of the written word here in considering the question of “whether the life of the artist is reflected in the artwork?” view the video above (and more videos) of Andy Warhol, and form your own conclusion.
Where, in the life of space and time of the internet the video above may be considered too long to hold the viewers interest, think of this video as original material – the first step in your research on the life of the artist and the connection to the artwork.