Tuesday, January 08, 2008

And The Winner Is...

Having introduced an informal and not entirely serious poll as a new element of this page, I am curious about what my readers, many of whom are artists themselves, really think about art beyond simplistic 'one click' answers. For instance, if they had to name just one artist as the most influential of the first years of the 21st century, who would it be?
I'm pretty sure no-one would pick Damien Hirst or Jeff Koons but what about other media favorites such as Cy Twombly or Lucien Freud? Comments, please.

15 comments:

Jasper said...

Andy Warhol, still. No question.

Danielle said...

Barbara Kruger-without a doubt....

Tina Mammoser said...

I have to admit that for the start of 21stC I actually would consider Damien Hirst as a possible winner (here in the UK anyway). Not necessarily in a good way, not necessarily in an artistic way. But he certainly shaped the public image of and reaction to art significantly.

Simone Maynard said...

i'd love to throw my support behind sigmar polke

Anonymous said...

Hirst is so 90's.

Roman said...

My vote goes to Ai Weiwei from China. I think the way he incorporates ancient and contemporary Chinese culture into his work is very thought provoking, at the same time the aesthetic and social quality of his art is universal.

Therese said...

'Influential' is different to 'favorite', so I'd probably go with Hirst too. But just for fun I nominate the Stuckists.

Anonymous said...

I think it might be too soon to really know who had the most influence - since we probably don't know about at least a handful of artists that will be known for work entirely of the beginning of this century. It's always hard to say, without the distance of historical perspective.

Jodie said...

I'm with Jasper on this one. His influence pretty much extends across all media nowadays. I don't think he'd be remotely surprised by any of it. He would loved reality TV, I'm sure.

The Painted Sky said...

No single artist has the potential to being influential at the moment simply because art is becoming like fashion, this year fad artist is forgotton tomorrow.

The same cannot be said for one loosely grouped so-called movement "Low_Brow", "Pop-Surrealism" or whatever you want to call it?

They have the potential to influence more artists working in so many areas as well as the media, fashion, advertising etc etc

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about fad artists - at least not existing in the more general public outside of major art centers like New York etc. I do think that representative/figurative/narrative work will begin to emerge as the new dominant style... But I think that the New Leipzig and other East European realist schools have a big influence on that in addition to the pop surrealists. It seems like moods are swinging away from the abstract and towards the representational.

I think that the 21st century will begin a resurgence in value for the fine arts. I think that, with technology making art/music/writing more accessible and intermixed, more people will become visually literate.

Call me wildly optimistic but I think that there will be room for a large group of different but equally dominant styles in our near future.

megadena said...

richard serra.
he made art into inhabitable space in a way that made the general public appreciate a quietness before they stammered that they didn't get modern art.

drips of paint said...

I do not know 90% of the names mentioned here ...will check all them out ... starting with Ai Weiwei (I like the sound of his name)

will be back to check on the winner.

DoReyMe said...

ed ruscha

on painters & painting said...

Nicely said Painted Sky. Wise words Anonymous. I like the 'stuckists' suggestion Therese...
And you're right Roman, China is 'happening' right now. That's because, as Anonymous says, there's 'a resurgence in value for the fine arts'. It's the superbly trained artists from China who have this covered.
So, look to the East for an answer to the question. Everyone else is - and that's what 'influence' is all about!