ART HISTORY BOOKS PUBLIC ART PERSONAL CONNECTION TAIWAN SCHOLARS
A Taiwanese scholar has published a book focussing on the stories behind the creation of fifteen of the island’s public art installations. As reported in The China Post and on the Focus Taiwan News Channel, this is the first in a planned series that Lin Chih-ming, also president of The Educational Development Association for Public Art, will write.
To Lin, it is not important that many of the installations he has profiled have not been made by top-selling or popular artists. With this new approach to art-historical recording, Lin wanted to show, as The China Post and the Focus Taiwan News Channel report, “how for many artists or communities the artworks have an emotional attachment.”
“Through these stories, public artwork will no longer seem like cold statues but will actually convey emotion.” Lin Chih-ming
Story-telling, and the personalising and humanising of art is something we are seeing more and more of within the contemporary art community. We believe it is part of a larger social trend towards greater connection – initiated in the later part of the 20th century by the development of computers and the technology industry and now crossing into many commercial and social spheres. We believe that it will touch art more and more and as a result, academic art criticism is going to be challenged as new forms of appreciation of and connection with art are developed.
Do you, our readers, have any comments or observations about this “personal connection” trend in art?
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- Anish Kapoor given sculptural commission in London’s Olympic Park – April 2010 – a brief introduction to this high profile public installation
- What is street art? Top 5 street artists in the art world – Part II – March 2010 – part two of a popular two-part series on this controversial public art form
- What is street art? Vandalism, graffiti or public art – Part I – January 2010 – part one of a popular two-part series on this controversial public art form
- Top 6 research sources for contemporary Chinese art by Asian art history major – January 2010 – an excellent guide to the books, blogs, websites and newspapers used by scholars