“A painting [work of art] is a layering of thoughts and visual impressions piling up history and sensations. An open ended experience where the viewer adds his or her own notions to those of the artist.” Richard Diebenkorn
I particularly like: ” … where the viewer adds his or her own notions to those of the artist.” The artist can further develop from the notions of the viewer. In this, the artwork has triggered dialogue.
Great art throughout the ages has always invited the viewer into the cycle of communication. When today’s art fails, it is not because it is non-objective, but because it fails to attract the viewer into communication with the work.
Attract, attraction, attractiveness. Aesthetics is part and parcel of art because it is part and parcel of the communication cycle.
Well, I’m not saying anything new here. I think it needs repeating, though, because some art today fails to attract, is not thus, communication and thus is not art.
What do you think?