My Top 40 Art Reflections

My Top 40 Art Reflections

Alright, so, I do my best to pass along the
art and ideas of many different people on this channel. But today I’m going to speak
from my own experience and share forty reflections about art that feel something like the truth
to me… Or at least truth-adjacent… For now… Because everything is contingent. 40) Big things can happen in small places.
Think about Black Mountain College, where amazing makers and thinkers gathered together
to grow their own practices and teach the next generation from the 1930s to the 50s.
And it happened not in New York or Paris but on the side of a North Carolina Mountain.
Or there’s the 25 acres of sculptures and mosaic courtyards that Nek Chand created in
the north Indian city of Chandigarh. You can make art and do cool things anywhere, even
if the market is in only a few places. 39) You don’t have to like Picasso. You
can, but you don’t have to. 38) Almost everyone is suffering from a crushing
lack of confidence, even at fancy art parties. Perhaps especially at fancy art parties. 37) I like a lot of conceptual art, but that
doesn’t mean I don’t also appreciate draftsmanship and art that involves tremendous training
and skill. Master craftsmanship never gets old. And liking it doesn’t mean you can’t
enjoy different kinds of art, too. 36) As one of my art professors in college
once said, “Some people go to the moon. Some people paint a canvas red.” I took
it to mean: Lots of human activities are kind of crazy and arbitrary when you think about
it. But also, keep whatever you’re doing in perspective. 35) Context matters! Sometimes I like to squint
my eyes and imagine art that I see on a folding table at a sidewalk art fair on the wall at
MoMa. And conversely, imagine the artwork I see at fancy galleries hanging tightly packed
with many others in a poorly lit gymnasium. Doing this can solidify either solidify what
you were already thinking about that artwork, or completely upend it. 34) Sometimes, the most important person in
the room is sweaty and wearing bike shorts. I learned this when I was working at an art
gallery right out of college and made my first and very significant sale to just such an
individual. But this can apply to so many fields. Don’t judge anyone by their attire
or other outward signs. You never know who they are or what they might bring to your
life. 33) Related to this, remember that when you
are making snarky comments about the art you’re looking at, there’s a chance the artist
is in the room with you. 32) It is easy to parody contemporary art,
and that parody is often deserved. Sometimes the emperor really isn’t wearing any clothes.
But parody can also be a way of giving ourselves license to ignore what we might find challenging
or complex. So you know, laugh, but then think about it anyway. 31) Lectures and all-day symposia about art
can be deadly boring but if you sit there you will come up with good ideas. This is
how my husband discovered the idea of “third space,” used extensively in his book The
Fault in Our Stars. 30) You don’t have to like Impressionism.
You can, but you don’t have to. 29) The ancient Roman poet Horace said that
poetry should delight and instruct, or in other less pithy translation, “join the
instructive with the agreeable.” This can be extended to visual art as well. Make sure
to leave room for both when you are making art or experiencing it. 28) Disliking something is rarely forever.
I dislike Renoir right now, but that only tells me that in 20 years I’m going to encounter
a Renoir that will surprise and move me. The art may not have changed, but I will have,
and also the world around me will have, both affecting my read of it. 27) Whenever I study an artist or artwork
deeply, my appreciation for the work almost always grows. I’m a softie that way. 26) You belong in art museums and galleries.
If you are made to feel as if you don’t belong, that is because the museum isn’t
doing their job, not because you don’t belong. If you feel like you don’t belong in a fancy
commercial gallery, try not to take it personally. They are trying to sell luxury goods to .01
percenters, and that air of exclusion is something they’re trying to cultivate to make the
work seem more special. 25) People are involved with art for a variety
of reasons, some of them purely economic. The art world is not one thing; it is many
things. 24) At times, your art world might feel like
middle school. There are nice people in middle school, but the larger structures of power
and influence don’t necessarily bring out the best in them. 23) It’s okay to be earnest. Jadedness and
cynicism feel cooler, and maybe they are cool. But do you actually want to be cold to what
the world has to offer? 22) When you’re in a museum, go your own
pace. Don’t feel like you have to look at everything for an equal amount of time, and
feel free to breeze through twelve rooms to spend your entire visit in just one. 21) Images you recognize are a very powerful
pull. Part of the magic of seeing the Mona Lisa in person is that YOU KNOW IT’S THE
MONA LISA. Try looking at other artworks with that same enthusiasm, imagining them to be
of equal importance and value, even if you’ve never heard of the artist. 20) Even a simple museum label can tell you
a lot. Beyond the title and artist’s name, look at the collection number of the artwork,
which will include a year along with some other letters or numbers you can ignore. That
is the year the art was collected by the museum, which may or may not correspond to when it
was made. Think about the circumstances of that time period, and what it might mean for,
say, an artwork created by a woman artist in the 1950s, to be collected in the 2000s. 19) Take as many pictures of the art as you
want, as long as it’s allowed. It can be a great way to jog your memory and help you
look things up later. 18) Looking at art through the lens of your
camera is not the same thing as looking at art. Look at the art for longer than feels
necessary. 17) You do not have to photograph an experience
for it to have happened. If you feel strongly compelled, just channel Eugene Levy in the
otherwise terrible 2005 movie The Man: [clip: I am taking a mental picture / blink] 16) When going to see art, wear comfortable
shoes. You’ll look much worse when you’re hobbling and your feet are bleeding in more
stylish footwear. 15) Acknowledge the presence of gallery guards.
They are people. A slight nod of the head or a little smile will do, especially if you’re
the only two people in the room. Also, sometimes the guards know secrets, and will tell them
to you. 14) Don’t get mad if a guard tells you to
take a step back. It’s their job to protect the art, and you’re getting to close and
for all they know could be the one maniac who ruins an artwork for the rest of us. You
may know you’re not going to touch the art, but they don’t. 13-10) Take the free tour! Attend the performance!
Get the audio guide! Download the app! That was four. 9) Sometimes the only difference between having
a miserable art experience and an enjoyable one is a cookie and a cup of coffee. If you
find yourself hating everything you see, take a break, feed yourself, and try again. 8) For art to have a transformative impact
on our lives, it has to make a deep connection with the viewer. Some of that work is done
by the art, and some of it must be done by the viewer. Don’t forget your role. 7) This is just kind of an observation, but
people really love shiny, reflective art. Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, Jeff Koons’s
sculptures, Kusama’s Infinity rooms. After all these years we’re just cave people attracted
to the bright flickering light and our reflection in a pool of water. 6) Art that you have to go out of your way
to find can be the perfect organizing principle for travel. From Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels
in the Utah desert, to the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama,
to the art park Inhotim in rural Brazil, having a destination like this in mind and letting
the rest fall into place around it can lead to epic and fulfilling adventures. 5) Write in your books if you want to. If
you’ve ever been to a book-pulping factory, which I have, you’ll start to understand
them as utterly temporary items, especially in this digital age. Unless they’re from
the library, or could be valuable first editions, or you’re depending on reselling them, make
them yours, in pencil or pen or by dog-earing or whatever. 4) You often have to seek out art, or at the
very least be attentive when it’s around you. It’s not necessarily going to demand
your attention, and it doesn’t just exist in museums and galleries. Start to notice
the art on your friends’ walls, or the murals on the sides of buildings, or the artistic
choices in signage and ads and architecture. W. H. Auden said poetry is a “way of happening.”
Art is, to some extent, a way of looking. 3) Sometimes what feels like procrastination
is important thinking and processing time. But also, sometimes what feels like important
thinking and processing time is really procrastination. 2) I once had the good fortune to work with
the artist Spencer Finch when I was museum curator. He told me about this project he
did a long time ago where he closed his eyes, pressed a finger to one eyeball, and then
tried to represent what “saw” on paper. I’ve always thought of it as this one little
thing that is the most perfect evidence that there is still so much to explore and represent
as an artist. That so many people have done so much, but there is still room for more. 1) Last but not least: Don’t save your ideas.
New ones will always spring up in their place. What versions of truth have you constructed
about art? Let’s talk about them in the comments. Sound Field is a new music education show from PBS Digital Studios that explores the music theory, production, history and culture behind our favorite songs and musical styles Pop, classical, rap, jazz, electronic, folk, country and more — Sound Field covers it all. Hosted by two supremely talented musicians, Arthur “LA” Buckner and Nahre Sol, every episode is one part video essay and one part musical performance. So go subscribe to Sound Field! Link in the description below. Thanks to all of our patrons for supporting The Art Assignment, especially our grandmasters of the arts Vincent Apa, Josh Thomas, and Ernest Wolfe. [music]

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “My Top 40 Art Reflections

  1. Jordan G says:

    My art truth is "All art was made by someone." This seems incredibly obvious but it's something i have to remind myself of when I visit art , that it didn't just pop into existence. it took someone somewhere time to create.

  2. Dean S. says:

    Just because it's abstract doesn't mean it was easy to make! So often, I hear and see abstraction being written off as somehow easier than realistic rendering, but from at least my perspective, that is simply not the case. (If you think you could do that, why didn't you?)

  3. BlinkPopShift says:

    My art truth is that I am more intrested in how a thing is made than in the thing itself. This is true both for my own art and for other peoples. Its not just concept or just craft mastery that draws me in but experimental process.

  4. David Crafton says:

    I had an idea once.

  5. Timothy B says:

    how did i not know john green was her husband

  6. Leto M. says:

    I really respect your work….

  7. Gabriel Vogas says:

    Would the nice to see your thoughts about the relation between advertising and art.

  8. Henk-Jan Bakker says:

    "Some people go to the moon. Some people paint a canvas red." means that people do stuff. There are no real criteria to make one thing more important than another except by the person doing it. They made his/her choice in life that led to that. Sure we do judge as a culture but as a personal experience, as "what I do with my life" I should be bulletproof. And again… we do judge as a culture….. we really shouldn't. Because some people go to the moon and some people paint a canvas red. It is a fact of life.

  9. miles says:

    I was thinking of when I say that cy twombly section the whole time I was watching this, then it showed up and I was like :0

  10. Daniel Gillespie says:

    One thing I think about often is that "For any piece of art, there was a time when it didn't exist / wasn't deemed important." I would also add that "most 'radical' movements in art history were more inevitable progressions than sudden departures."

  11. Mara Sherman says:

    My Art Truths

    For Visual Art/Museums: I always ask the person at the front desk what their favorite piece is and then start there. I made my way around the Philips Gallery in DC just going to wherever the next guard sent me. It meant I visited the Rothko room 3 times, but oh man was it worth it.

    For Performance: I (*usually*) don't start talking about it, even if I loved it, till I'm a block away from the theater. This is in part because, like you said, you never know who might be behind you, but also gives me enough time to process before I say something half formed.

    For Poetry: Always read it aloud.

    In re, Renoir: I was totally with the broader internet on this one until that trip to the Philips. "Luncheon of the Boating Party" really spoke to me, mostly because I identified with the woman leaning on the railing, observing the party but not really participating. It was also pretty and bright and fun! And there was a dog! It was exactly what I needed on a slightly sad Tuesday afternoon. (And still, a lot of Renoir does nothing for me. He contains multitudes and so do I!)

  12. Saritacheeks says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for this

  13. Monica Mihai says:

    Hey Sarah, the world needs a podcast with u talking about art.

  14. Sonja Johnson says:

    Having gotten here from vlogbrothers, and then seeing a thing on the side list for "hey this might also interest you" which in turn led me from Art Assignment to Sound Field…it's lovely to kind of come full circle in a way (full spiral?)

    I am far more familiar with music than with art, but I have learned SO much from you. Sometimes things that surprise me – things that I would never have thought, a year ago, that I even COULD learn. Things I didn't know art could teach. Things about art that connect it to music in ways I hadn't expected.

    So thank you for all that you've taught me so far! I look forward to continuing to learn as you continue to share your thoughts with us.

  15. Jay SupmemeS says:

    Magnificent! This is a well organized litany of absolutely brilliant perspectives and cerebrations on the collective and individual components of "Art" as both a subject and a verb. The ARTiculation of your thoughts is worthy of my envy.

  16. Andrew McCartney says:

    She changed her glasses and it’s making me uncomfortable.

  17. Happy ClamGuy says:

    My number (1): I love art….but I hate museums and galleries with a passion. I also dislike most other people therein.

  18. BeastOfTraal says:

    There is no such thing as bad art only art you don't like.

  19. phénix says:

    "You don't have to like Impressionism. You can, but you don't have to." thank you 😂

    I love this and would love more personal opinions/experiences of yours regarding art.

  20. TheTravelVal says:

    Great video, didn't know what to expect starting it but it was great!

  21. Jason Thomas says:

    Can't wait to use some of these in the museum this weekend!

  22. baddayoverdosed says:

    #7: the reason I became a glass artist!

  23. scafleet says:

    Save your ideas if you have a medical condition that makes it impossible to create your art for the time being. Trust me on this one.

  24. MJE says:

    Ya know how people sometimes ask, "If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead, who would it be?" (Well, I've been asked it, anyways) I usually say an artist: Picasso, Van Gogh, Hockney, etc. But I think I'm changing my answer. Sarah, wanna have lunch? (Yeah, your famous author-husband can join us.)

  25. FRAGA says:

    i think one of my truths about art is "take drawing supplies to museums!" i ALWAYS find something that inspires me, and ive never gotten told off for just sitting anywhere to sketch. Also, people love to see your different take on the art!
    also, "talk with people", i love hearing what other people think about the art i'm seeing!!

  26. Senko S. says:

    wow. thanks for the info mom!

  27. Christa Datwyler says:

    Sun Tunnels AND Spiral Jetty are worth the trip!

  28. aeromodeller1 says:

    0. Art is play.

  29. somya dhuliya says:

    "At times your art world might feel like middle school. There are nice people in middle school, but the larger structures of power and influence don't necessarily bring out the best in them."
    I had to pause and hear that again. Thank you so much.

  30. AKraftyBasterd says:


  31. Asher R. says:

    >"this is how my husband came up with the idea of 'third space'"
    oh thats neat, sounds cool 🙂
    >"used extensively in his book the fault in our stars "

  32. RainbowSprnklz says:

    Ill be honest the part about the mona lisa made me just think, (in existential way rather than cynical) Why am i looking at any of the art at all? Why am i at a museum? Why should i be there? Why do people do this? What do we gain vs what do we think we’re gaining? Idk, i feel like thatd be a good video topic

  33. K says:

    You're…. John Green's….. Wife

  34. koushik muddu says:

    This is my favourite channel and I can't stress this enough!

  35. Lynwood 82 says:

    For the past 3 years I've enjoyed looking at pictures taking by my wife of me processing the art , capturing the moment of me being intimate with the art . As time passes I've noticed a change because I'm aware that she might be taking a picture

  36. Goofs says:

    Can you elaborate on what you mean by #1, Don't save your ideas? Thanks

  37. JC says:

    OMG Wait. Your husband is John Green? How did I not know this???

  38. Dan Jackson says:

    3:25 #RenoirSucksAtPainting Join the movement! Death to Renoir! (What? Too soon?)

  39. ThatWouldBeCareless says:

    There's nothing special about hating something a lot of people love, or vice versa. Having opinions about art isn't a performance – just approach art with curiosity, find the opinions you actually have, and have them.

    (I'm looking at you, teenage me.)

  40. Pierre Merceur says:

    At 5:04 what's the name of the canvas with two dogs and a blue background??

  41. graphite says:

    Most of these reflections can be applied to everything, not just art.. .
    Love it!
    Not only is this my favorite art channel, it is also my favorite philosophy channel.
    (Side note, this year I started work as a gallery framer/conservator/restorer. I had to frame a banksy. On the table, out of the folder, it really wasn't anything special. However once it was mounted, framed and hung, it took on an air of great importance. Presentation is everything! When displayed properly, removed from all context so that the work is the sole focus of attention, really anything can be art. A dried leaf on the ground takes on new meaning when mounted, lit and displayed. You can contemplate it far more deeply and concepts cant help but bloom in your head.)

  42. Flavia LP says:

    How have I been watching you for years only to find out just now that you are married to John Green!

  43. DEAD GRATEFUL says:

    Like the new look bae

  44. pollie says:

    My art truth: Stop chasing originality! if you're just trying to be original and special with your art, it'll become devoid of meaning and disconnected from yourself. Learn from what other artists have made instead of trying desperately to do something else.

  45. fugithegreat says:

    I feel like so much of this video applies to life at large. Which I suppose is why art is so important.

  46. Priscilla Khapai says:

    What is that painting at 4:43?…. the name of the painter has completely escaped me

  47. scorpioninpink says:

    Art can be anything.

  48. scorpioninpink says:

    #37 speaks to me.

  49. ab noah says:

    I love your always Impress me and teach me alot.

  50. ahmed abdelfattah says:

    <3 i am really grateful for this show

  51. JohnnyArt Pavlou says:

    Enjoyed it. Yah, Renoir…cloying. A better painter than draftsman. But he was a pretty good painter.

  52. Arpit Bharti says:

    I've been watching for so long and just realized you're John Green's wife.

  53. Julie C. says:

    Wait, what? She’s married to a well known author? Cool!

  54. Julie C. says:

    I feel like I need to watch this 3 more times.

  55. Tyler Walton says:

    4:29 Number 23 really hits home.

  56. Prabhdeep Singh says:

    Wait…what? You are married to the writer John Green. Two artists living together. Your house must be brimming with creativity.

  57. mouse mice says:

    and lastly, don't follow anything being said here.

    if you enjoy looking at creative things people create, continue,
    if not, let it be.

  58. Maryanne M says:

    One of my most poignant art gallery trips was the first trip I took to our big city gallery when I was a teenager. I struggled to like or enjoy the art in the rooms of their main exhibit so I ended up walking through faster than I thought I "should be". And then there it was – the very last piece of the show – and I spent the rest of the time the other students were there just looking at this one piece. At the time and looking back for a long time it feels like the wrong way to do it. Now though, like you said in #22, I know it's important to go at your own pace. Nowadays if I go to a gallery with a friend, I have found it's best to be flexible in the time you look at art together and apart. If you find a piece more interesting, stay behind and keep looking. If you want to move on to something else while your friend looks? Do it. You will meet up eventually and won't feel like you're being rushed. And if there is a piece you think they should see or you want to talk about? You can always bring them back.

  59. RayRay Hz says:

    please please please can someone show me the full picture of that painting with persian writing on it behind Sarah?

  60. Niva Parajuli says:

    Could you maybe make a list of books young/emerging artists should definitely read? If there isn't one already.

  61. Diego Visoso says:

    She puurdy

  62. mizkail says:

    I want to frame this video

  63. Monifa Kincaid says:

    "You belong in museums and galleries." Thank you Sarah💖💕💖💕💖💕

  64. LifeLostSoul says:

    Bishop's Castle in Rye, CO is a good art travel. Even though I'm not sure the man who created it would maybe think of it as art.

  65. LifeLostSoul says:

    How about not just noticing art in design and on buildings but seeing art in memes.

  66. Tindra says:

    One of my art truths is that most, if not all art, needs at least three compnents: the creative, the technical and the aesthetic. To explain, i feel like art needs to be inspired and at least somewhat original, the artist should know what they’re doing or at least be open about not knowing if that is the point of the artwork, and the art should impact the viewer. These are my opinions and i’m sure there are many exceptions, but for the most part i feel like this fits.

  67. Itsiwhatitsi says:

    As an Italian I love how the girl is speaking … I use to see these videos also to learn some english

  68. Rachel Reynolds says:

    Love the Channel. Also I’m crazy shook that your John Greens wife. Don’t know why it took so long to click but makes sense! Love ya both!

  69. Mouro BH says:

    I like your videos. But they are too fast, all of your great references and pictures just blend together in a big pond of forgetfulness after it's finished. I wish you slowed down your speaking and the images…

  70. afroceltduck says:

    1. This is a great video, you (or someone else) ought to make some art out of these reflections.

    2. My personal reflection is: Return. When you've gone through all the rooms, go back to that one work that really caught your eye. If it's a permanent exhibit and you feel like you've seen it a thousand times, go back and look at it anyway. There might be something you missed, or didn't appreciate the first twenty times you've been there.

  71. jacek pokrak says:

    Why compmaturism ?

  72. weirdral says:

    Do you curate your kids' artwork at home? Like, have a mini gallery they can switch items in and out of? Because that feels like something you and John would do.

  73. Alex Donát says:

    my art truth is "spending a lot of time on something doesn't make it good"
    especially because i often like little doodles that are quickly sketched more than pieces i spent weeks or months on (which is crushing, but i currently kinda understand why this happens to me a lot and trying to improve)

  74. omfug says:

    Glad to hear that someone else isn't in love with Renoir, there is a "chocolate box" quality to his art that I find annoying.

  75. Jessica Smith says:

    Thanks so much for introducing me to soundfield!

  76. Infra Minced says:

    I agreed with everything you said and really loved this video except for #19. I think people would be better off not pulling out their camera to take pictures of art. If they want to look into it later, they should instead take a picture of the tombstone information/didactic. There will be plenty of images online.

  77. Mark Van den dries says:

    There’s a feeling in the global community that the 1percent is selfishly taking control over our reality. This feeling whether it’s right or wrong is the playing out of digital culture on reality. The rise of Trump like reactions in the dualists minds are the conservatives wanting familiar times when they held influence and power. Never before in global societies has an impact of empathy and greed been so magnified. This is playing out in the literature, movies, music and art that is moving away from the physical to the meta. Political art has never been the focus of contemporary art for its lack consumerist ownership. The digital artists however aren’t making art for the 1 percent, they make it for self expression and social change. Memes provoke reaction and reinforce your perspective. The meme being the pop art of these times, expressing through appropriation of known movie or social tropes and bring new context or expression to an idea. This art movement is called Meta Conceptualism. The old art world requires gatekeepers, and this art movement mocks them.

    Love your perspective on art, if you want to know more, contact me.

  78. Robert King says:

    It's good we don't have to like impressionism, because I love impressionism. Picasso on the other hand can do one.

  79. Story Time With Grumbles and Friends says:

    "Art is ubiquitous"

  80. John Wilson says:

    Sarah, as a former art teacher who misses the classroom every day, I'm telling you that Crash Course Art History needs to exist in this world and you need to be the person out front. It will benefit so many of all ages.

  81. DAYBROK3 says:

    as an artist (unknown at this time) going into high end art stores (they are not galleries) and looking at the work on the walls seriously making a small humph and then moving to the next one can be amusing.

  82. firewordsparkler says:

    "Unless you're planning on reselling them" John Green has left the chat

  83. airpressure says:

    I could not agree with 27 more in the context of listening to musicians or bands ♡

  84. Kid Mohair says:

    then you fell back…
    "draft(man)ship"….."craft(man)ship"….sigh (and a wink)

  85. Mattaku Bodimasen says:

    I have always thought this channel and Crash Course are awfully similar somehow.
    Little did I know 😂

  86. Gregory Drew says:

    I disagree with “don’t save your ideas” because you never know what you might come up with in the future as you look over ideas you had in the past. But otherwise I really enjoyed this. Love this channel and love what I learn and take away from it.

  87. Kakobo says:

    Once again, beautiful. You belong here. The most powerful one. Plenty of my friends find art intimidating. They thus step aside from it and consume it perhaps indirectly through the sight of others. I do tell them that art is made for any, for all of us to enjoy, judge or admire.

  88. pinguaina says:

    Really big thank to you for these series, I am just watching and enjoying.

  89. Carina Stein says:

    Thank you for these great insights!

  90. Chase Sage says:


  91. Patricia Larenas says:

    fun and interesting comments- I've discovered some of these myself by lots of visits to museums, plus it's totally true about museum guards and their secrets!

  92. AL says:

    Sarah: You have single handedly improved my joy of going to museums and appreciating art without anxiety. Love your videos – a great service to art and humanity.

  93. mafurock33 says:

    Thank you for posting this! These are all wonderful, healthy ways to help people think about art! So much of this spoke to me! <3

  94. Lateralyst says:

    #1: David Lynch wants to know your location

    anyway, these are some interesting things to keep in mind

  95. Oliver Bollmann says:

    I love this video so much, a perfect blend of profoundness, humanity, and humour. My additional (because I mirror many of yours!) versions of truth about art are:

    – Art for beauty’s sake is OK. Not all art needs to have deep, layered, meanings or messages. Art for pleasure is a thing, and it’s a great thing.

    – Move around. Stand close to the work. Stand far away from the work. See it in context. Focus in on the little detail. Watch the light fall across it. Whole new experiences can be had just by observing differently.

    – Pay attention to the gallery itself. The architecture is a piece of art in its own right!

    – It’s OK to love something. You don’t need to erect a barrier between you and it through intellect, or identity, or etc. Think of Anton Ego from Ratatouille – his big transformation comes when he drops his identity as a critic and returns to liking food (and being able to enjoy it).

    – Adding to the previous, you can like something without needing to define it in opposition to something else.

    – Liking something, and critiquing something, are two different things. Critiquing is its own, developed, skill that requires contemplation and consideration of the work from several angles. To make a critique is to put yourself on the line, vulnerable. At the same time, you must also stand outside of yourself; a critique may include whether you like it or not, but the bulk of the critique is irrespective of that (dis)like.

    – Art is hard. Ever create something? From scratch? It can be HARD. A struggle, even. Remember that it is often difficult enough just trying to communicate something to a friend through words, let alone trying to emote or connect to a stranger through artwork. Remember this before you dismiss a work.

    – Variety is what makes life awesome. That things exist outside the “ordinary” bounds or definitions – or outside of what you like/find lovely – is vital. Let diversity flourish, even if its not your thing. And engage with it… who knows, you may find yourself coming around to it.

    – Installation and spatial art is the best. (Ok, this last one might just be my opinion… 😉

  96. Oliver Bollmann says:

    Oh, and I know we're talking T-shirts elsewhere, but this would make an awesome poster with all 40 rules. (Perhaps in the vein/style of the Immaculate Heart College Rules?) It could also begin a series, with additional posters released later with both your revised thoughts and with ones taken from the broader AA community! 🙂

  97. Crushi .Music, Art & Love. says:

    Not everything is contingent, but everything is a story (narrative). 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🖤 C R U S H I

  98. Crushi .Music, Art & Love. says:

    Dear The Art Assignment, please leave all the don'ts out of your videos. You are not teaching artists anything with the word "don't". I also realize that I'm saying don't do this about your lecture. But please try to say don't less. You are trying to grow an audience not (there I did it again) shame an audience. 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 🖤 C R U S H I

  99. K MacDonald says:

    My favourite quotation about art (it's actually about poetry) is from Leonard Cohen's song, "Going Home: "He wants to write a love song, an anthem of forgiveness, a manual for living with defeat, a cry above the suffering, a Holocaust recovery—but that isn't what I need him to complete. I want him to be certain that he doesn't have a burden, that he doesn't need a vision, that he only has permission to do my instant bidding, which is to say what I have told him to repeat."

  100. Ren Newman says:

    (this has little to do with this particular video… however, I want to say I just ordered "You are an Artist" and I am very very very excited. I don't use social media much and this is one platform I DO use and felt compelled to share. Y'all should go and pre-order it as well if you have not. The things and ideas you will explore and learn and cultivate are well worth it and will showcase your artist journey. Especially if you don't feel qualified enough to consider yourself an artist.)

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