Disclaimer: These are just my opinions, I strongly respect those who produce modern and contemporary art.
Last week, I got the chance to visit the Whitney Museum in the City of New York. It is absolutely beautiful. The minimalistic and bright architecture is gorgeous, especially because it's located right next to the Hudson River. I had high hopes walking into the museum, ready to see all the fine art.
That's the key. I was expecting fine art, but greeted with contemporary art. Before we go any further, I'd like to distinguish between fine art and contemporary art.
Fine art is a very broad term that I like to use to summarize art from as old as Greek and Roman times to the end of the Impressionistic era. Then emerged art forms like Cubism and Dadaism, and ultimately what we call "modern art". In this, values of abstraction and symbolism are used frequently.
For example, the above piece is in a museum, being highly worshipped by all viewers. And while I understand the awe of its size and "hidden meaning" I personally think its confusing, brash, and shows a lack of skill. (Again, this is just my personal opinion, I also have nothing against the afore mentioned artist or the piece itself--it serves solely as an example.) If anyone can splash paint across a canvas and have it hung up in a museum, what even is art anymore? It used to be for religious depictions in the 1300s-1700s, and for beautiful moments that could not be captured expect by artists. Art was for everyone, for viewers and audiences to feel emotion and understand what the artist is trying to say. One of the major arguments for contemporary art is that it is up to the viewer to determine what the piece means to them. I feel that this defeats the purpose of art made by the artist. Art is made by the artist through his or her eyes to show the world through their perspective. When that perspective is not introduced and instead minimized in importance using the argument that it is for others to see and interpret, what exactly is the artist there to do?
That's of course, just my own perspective. What are your thoughts on modern and contemporary art?