Polite Societies

 

 

 

A comment made by an OU Student wrote in the RO1 Arts Café:

“….As to Rothko, what can I say?   Look at any brick wall that has spatterings of cement on it.   Between those spatterings and the imperfections in the bricks one can make out all manner of shapes and, no doubt, one can see more every time one looks – but is it art???…”

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I wrote the following in the RO1 Arts café on 4th September 2008 @ 11:47:27 GMT in answer:

POLITE SOCIETIES

 

The geometric classification:

 

Iconic : 1 dimensional (that which appears flat)

 

Art: 2 dimensional (those which appear as an illusion)

 

Sculpture: 3 dimensional (things that appear as solid)

Thus your question”…As to Rothko, what can I say?…” (posted by an OU student on 2nd September 2008 at 12:25:10, RO1 Arts Café), can be answered with regards to Rothko works by the Tate Modern Art Gallery, whom has stated the following:

“…Tate Modern’s iconic ‘Rothko Room’ works are reunited for the first time with works from Japan. The Seagram Murals were originally commissioned for The Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram Building New York.

Rothko’s iconic paintings, composed of luminous, soft-edged rectangles saturated with colour, are among the most enduring and mysterious created by an artist in modern times. In the exhibition his paintings glow meditatively from the walls in deep dark reds, oranges, maroons, browns, blacks, and greys….” (Tate Modern Art Gallery¹)

 

Therein and at, moving outside of this area of the ‘polite societies’, as to your further comment, “…Look at any brick wall that has spatterings of cement on it.  Between those spatterings and the imperfections in the bricks one can make out all manner of shapes and, no doubt, one can see more every time one looks – but is it art???…” (posted by an OU student on 2nd September 2008 at 12:25:10, RO1 Arts Café), I would say that Architecture and Gardening are the embodiments of all three lodestars; pertaining to something that serves as a guide or model, as to what I would term, in this instance, the ‘Non-Polite Societies’, for want of an alternative named culture, but it will do for now.

So your exposition, needed to be more preponderant to be in line with the argument of the Rothko’s iconic works.

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REFERENCE:
1. Mark Rothko exhibition at the Tate Modern art gallery

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