Monday, July 5

Seeing is believing


Great article in the New Yorker today regarding the methodology of those who authenticate the work of old masters.
The art historian Bernard Berenson described his talent as a “sixth sense.” “It is very largely a question of accumulated experience upon which your spirit sets unconsciously,” he said. “When I see a picture, in most cases, I recognize it at once as being or not being by the master it is ascribed to; the rest is merely a question of how to fish out the evidence that will make the conviction as plain to others as it is to me.” Berenson recalled that once, upon seeing a fake, he had felt an immediate discomfort in his stomach.

I was thinking about it as a nice analogue for how I (or other artists, for that matter) make an artwork. Over a period of time, abstract connections that make sense on what seems to be an instinctual level are made into words. It is almost as if the response to a life load of knowledge can materialize rather quickly, but the means to communicate why that makes sense takes longer than the formulation of the idea itself. To make a unique idea that is unique to an individual universal enough to be communicated is an interesting process, a primary function of the clunky tool we call language.

7 comments:

雅莊王edgd春2蕙婷余惠其 said...

第一次來這裡 愛上你的部落格 感謝你的分享............................................................

rreynolds385 said...

謝謝格主的分享..................................................................

國昆 said...

唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們............................................................

伯函 said...

永遠支持你呀!!!謝謝格主............................................................

香昱信張君林 said...

天下沒有意把鑰匙,可以打開所有的門............................................................

WillianT_Smotherman0恆迪 said...

不錯的資訊~我會好好記下來!......................................................

ToryO_Vis建銘 said...

在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .