Above >Two paintings by Wassily Kandinsky showing that every day he tried to achieve a better understanding of the world in which he was participating.

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It always comes down to the notions of intention, knowledge and choice.

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Street in Murnau (1906), oil on canvas, 13 x 16 1/8 in. (33 x 41 cm.), private collection.

2020 already!

And we are again confronting ourselves as we choose our new year’s resolutions. Of course, in this challenging era of climatic change, we all know that we must reduce our carbon footprint. We need to reduce our plastic use, walk more, bike more, take public transportation, etc. But we know already that. We are all also aware of the importance of keeping healthy. We must lose a few pounds, increase our cardiovascular capacity, eat well, etc. So, what can I add to what we already know? Then, let’s talk about our artistic new year’s resolutions.

How can I become a better artist in 2020? How can I take my art up a notch, only a single notch? It may be landscape painting, abstraction, modern or contemporary art. We must accept the fact that, as an artist, we can always get better. But what do we mean by “better?” That is another question worth of many posts. However, I would say that we can get better if we are aware of the three basic foundations of art: intention, knowledge and choice. OK! We have the intention! We certainly want to be better artists. Now let’s talk about knowledge.

How can I increase my artistic knowledge during 2020, so my art becomes more particular, more distinguishable, more authentic, more profound? For 2020, I will try my best to accomplish the following list:

  1. Dare!
  2. Dare to state without fear.
  3. Be energetic, motivated and industrious.
  4. Hold excellent novels. Read the yearly Nobel Prize, the Booker Prize, the Prix Goncourt, the Cervantes Prize, etc.
  5. Participate in the world.
  6. Listen to silence; walk in nature.
  7. Visit more museums.
  8. Visit “my” museum in a more active manner; for example, visiting one or two rooms and taking notes for future ideas.
  9. Having this notebook.
  10. Travel!
  11. Take an uplifting class or workshop, may it be in art history, philosophy, painting, etc.? Even literature because let’s not forget that stories that link us all.
  12. And most importantly, love.

Let’s conclude with the notorious notion of choice, our famous Nietzschean choice. Am I going to adopt all 12 propositions, or a few, or none? It is up to me. It is up to you. Happy New Year and looking forward to living together with a meaningful art experience!

 

L’Art, Vous et 2020

Tout revient aux notions d’intention, de connaissance et de choix.

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944), Composition IV (1911), huile sur toile, 60 cm (62.99 po.) x 205 cm (80.71 po.), Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Déjà 2020 ! Encore confronté à soi-même quant aux résolutions du Nouvel An. Évidemment, en ces temps de bouleversements climatiques, nous savons tous que nous avons l’obligation de réduire notre empreinte carbone : réduire de manière importante l’utilisation du plastique, marcher davantage, emprunter le vélo et les transports en commun, etc., mais nous savons déjà tout cela. Et encore, au risque de répéter, perdre quelques kilos, améliorer son niveau cardiovasculaire, bien manger, et ça aussi, nous le savons. Donc, pour ne pas radoter, parlons de résolutions de Nouvelle Année qui réfèrent à l’art.

Comment puis-je devenir un meilleur artiste en 2020 ? Comment puis-je élever mon art, ne serait-ce que d’un cran ? Importe la forme d’art : la peinture de paysage, art figuratif, l’abstraction ; art moderne, art contemporain. Cela bien posé, il faut accepter le fait qu’en tant qu’artiste visuel, nous pouvons toujours devenir meilleur. Mais qu’entend-on par « meilleur » ? Là, une toute autre question, et y répondre prendrait des pages et des pages. Je crois, et là c’est personnel, je crois que nous pouvons devenir meilleurs dans notre discipline si nous sommes conscients de trois idées fondatrices de l’art qui sont celles d’intention, de la connaissance et du choix. OK ! Nous avons l’intention, celle d’améliorer notre art, de devenir un meilleur artiste. Dirigeons-nous maintenant vers la connaissance.

Comment puis-je approfondir ma connaissance artistique en 2020 pour que mon art puisse s’approfondir, devenir plus particulier, distinguable, plus authentique ? Voici une humble liste.

  1. Oser ! Toujours oser !
  2. Oser dire sans avoir peur.
  3. Être motivé, énergique et assidu.
  4. Tenir d’excellents romans. Rendre obligatoire la lecture annuelle des prix Nobel, Goncourt, Booker, Cervantes, etc.
  5. Participez au Monde.
  6. Écouter le silence ; marcher dans la nature.
  7. Visiter davantage de musées.
  8. Visiter « son » musée d’une manière plus active, en visitant qu’une ou deux salles en prenant des notes dans son carnet d’idées.
  9. Posséder ce carnet d’idées.
  10. Voyager.
  11. Suivre un cours ou un atelier qui élève que ça soit en histoire de l’art, en philosophie, en peinture, voire la littérature, car ne l’oublions pas que ce sont les histoires qui nous unissent.
  12. Et encore plus important, aimer.

Concluons avec la fameuse notion du choix, du fameux choix nietzschéen. Adopterais-je les 12 propositions avancées ici, ou quelques-unes, ou aucune ? Qu’à vous, cette décision appartient. Bonne et heureuse année 2020 et au plaisir de vous rencontrer pour vivre ensemble une expérience de l’art.

 

El Arte y Usted en el 2020

Al final siempre se reduce a las nociones de intención, conocimiento y elección

(traducción por Ginny Marquez-Tamara)

Post-Kandinsky

2020 ya! Y de nuevo nos confrontamos a nosotros mismos al escoger nuestras resoluciones del año nuevo. Por supuesto, en esta desafiante era de cambio climático, todos sabemos que debemos reducir nuestra huella de carbono. Debemos reducir nuestro uso del plástico, caminar más, andar en bicicleta, tomar transporte público, etc. Pero ya nosotros sabemos eso. Estamos también conscientes de la importancia de mantenernos saludables. Debemos perder un poco de peso, incrementar nuestra capacidad cardiovascular, comer bien, etc. Entonces, que puedo añadir a lo que todos ya sabemos? Hablemos de nuestras metas artísticas del año nuevo.

Cómo puedo convertirme en un mejor artista en el 2020? Como puedo llevar mi arte a un nivel superior? Puede ser una pintura de paisaje, abstracta, moderna, o arte contemporáneo. Debemos aceptar el hecho que como artistas siempre podemos mejorar. Pero que queremos decir con “mejor?” Esa es otra pregunta qué vale la pena de muchas publicaciones. Sin embargo, yo puedo decir que nosotros podemos ser mejores si estamos conscientes de los tres cimientos básicos del arte: intención, conocimiento y elección. Ok! Tenemos la intención! Definitivamente queremos ser mejores artistas. Ahora hablemos sobre el conocimiento.

Como puedo incrementar mi conocimiento artístico durante el 2020, para que mi arte sea mas único, más distinguible, mas autentico, más profundo? Para el 2020, intentare lo mejor que pueda para realizar la siguiente lista:

  1. Atreverse!
  2. Decir claramente sin miedo.
  3. Ser energético, motivado e industrioso.
  4. Leer excelentes novelas. Leer el Premio Nóbel anual, el Premio Booker, el Premio Goncourt, el Premio Cervantes, etc.
  5. Participar en el mundo.
  6. Escuchar al silencio; caminar en la naturaleza.
  7. Visitar mas museos.
  8. Visitar su museo de una manera más activa; por ejemplo, visitar una o dos salas y tomar notar para futuras ideas.
  9. Mantener su libreta de notas para escribir ideas.
  10. Viajar!
  11. Tomar una clase o taller edificante, puede ser en historia del arte, filosofía, pintura, etc. Hasta en literatura, porque no olvidemos que las historias nos conectan a todos.
  12. Y más importante, amar.

Concluyamos con la notoria noción de elección, nuestra famosa elección Nietzscheana. Voy a adoptar todas las 12 resoluciones, o pocas, o ninguna? Eso depende de mí. Eso depende de ti. Feliz año nuevo y anhelo que podamos vivir juntos una experiencia artística memorable!

 

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