Is Innovation in the Arts a Good Thing?

John William Waterhouse


5 responses to “Is Innovation in the Arts a Good Thing?”

  1. So out with Picasso, out with Prokofiev, out with the impressionists, out with any form of abstract painting, and out with Henry Moore. Let’s all bask in the timeless glow of the old and familiar. I read about half of the article and couldn’t take any more. The author has clearly never been to enogh contemporary ballet shows to have found some real art (not a lot!). And what on earth is meant by “innovation in science”? I suspect that the author listens to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

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    • I thought this one might ruffle some feathers. 🙂 I took the author to mean for artists not to try so hard to prove their uniqueness–as old Solomon said, there’s nothing new under the sun. I think he’s questioning new for new’s sake and the embracing of junk art (and I was an art student who made this stuff just to get good grades–if I came up with a cool back story the art was considered great). I knew myself that I wasn’t even trying to improve my actual skills, but to get noticed. I remember figurative art was considered so yesterday and frowned upon by teacher and student alike. Skills were not taught and it showed (except there was one woman who refused to be cowed by the doctrine of mediocrity and falsehood–she made great modern art, but it was so obviously filled with her soul that no one dared judge her (frankly everyone was awestruck).

      Recently my husband and I went to an exhibit where an artist used foam insulation on a piece of wood with a heating tube stuck out the middle as his art display. I had to laugh remembering my days at NYU art school. 🙂


  2. My grandfather was the successful artist, my mum and dad were ‘vocational’ artists, and so i was brought up in an artsy, musical, literary environment, but as for art, I couldn’t draw, I gave up the piano, and due to an abysmal verbal memory was prevented from participation in theatre. That all changed when I met my third wife, one of the very few female neoclassical ballet choreographers, and eventually found myself as Dr. Coppelius in “Coppelia”, followed by Mr. Scrooge in her own “Christmas Carol” – correct! – no words to learn. Our next production is ,again, her own interpretation of the life of Cleopatra, on in three weeks time. There is a facebook site “Western Ballet Theatre A D Nana Badrena” if you want to have a look.

    One story for you: Every two years there is “The Huddersfileld Contemporary Music Festival” in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (UK). On one occasion the music critic for the local newspaper described a modern piece for solo trombone as “seventeen ways of getting a sound out of a trombone without actually blowing down it”.


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