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You are right. I apologize for saying "They both suck".
First, I should clarify that I was speaking specifically about the two photos in question (Moriyama's pink bathwater and Eggleston's green shower) not about their entire bodies of work. If you look back at the context, you'll see that this is the case. Also, if you look at my other posts, I always tried to specify "Moriyma's current colour work" as opposed to "Moriyama's work."
I should have said "they are equally unappealing and meaningless to me". This is something that I would feel comfortable saying to fellow FMers, but I do...Show more →
Nicely put and you demonstrate why I feel posters on this forum are often a step above the others
P.S. I am not on board with this whole "don't understand" nonsense. I "don't understand" the vast majority of visual artists, and I am the first to admit it; this doesn't prevent me from loving their work. Van Gogh, Dali, etc. I have no clue what was going on in their minds (and I don't need to know), but I love to look at their work.
I do not strive to understand the artists. This isn't the point of art to me, and if the artist goes about things with this intent then they are a failure from the start. Nihilists...Show more →
Well, I put "understanding" in quotes since I feel this is a loaded term and subject to a whole mess of semantic chicanery.
But, I will remark that not all art is meant to be "pleasant" to look at. Some art is supposed to be visually bland or even ugly. It is not surprising that most photographers are looking for some type of visually engaging quality in art. I am the first to admit that is the kind of art I like best. But, not all artists are striving to make something visually engaging (or at least not at first glance), sometimes there is a different intent, and that is where I think the disconnect happens. Art is hugely diverse and a lot of it is made with different purposes in mind. What is good art and bad art, that is open to individual judgement. But I don't think it needs to be appealing to me for it to be successful.
I have seen a lot of art that I don't care for. Sometimes the work is so unengaging to me that I actually am curious as to why it is even considered worthy of display. So I may investigate further, and come to find out about the artist's intent. Sometimes it makes sense to me, and sometimes I find a new appreciation for the work and the artist's thinking. And sometimes I don't. And sometimes I'm genuinely surprised, and those are the moments I love best.