At ArtWise we have just passed the one-year milestone of publishing our editorial and we are interested in hearing what our readers are thinking about. In our investigations into the not so distant history of modern and contemporary art, we have made an effort to also maintain a focus on current life and the ways that art history and practice fit into our busy and diverse everyday goings-on. Afterall, what is an appreciation of the past if it does not influence the present? Art has enormous power to uplift and inspire, and our hope is to tie the existing manifested beauty of our multifaceted world of artistic creation as much into our unfolding realities as possible— a tool, if you will, for bettering our own personal experiences and maximizing our personal reflection, understanding, growth and ultimately enjoyment of our own lives.
We are wondering: What do you collect? What do you love? What do you have up on your walls, and is it resonating? Have you discovered tricks for how to display unique art pieces in your homes or offices or work studios?
We are wondering what moves you and what speaks to you. We are wondering if these editorials have given you ideas about genres of art you may never have stumbled across otherwise, or perhaps even methods of artmaking that you had not previously considered. For example, I remember it being a revelation to me when I learned about the process of silkscreen printing, and that even though it was in a fun Pop Art category in my mind, alongside vintage cartoons and subversive street art, it suddenly made sense to me as a highly skilled handmade art printing mechanism utilized by some of contemporary art’s most important and talented visual communicators.
Andy Warhol – Marilyn Monroe, silkscreen 1983
Do you have a story to share? Maybe you met Andy Warhol once, or had an encounter with Robert Rauschenberg. Maybe an original Da Vinci piece has traveled through many hands down your family line and now sits in your tiny apartment, humbly next to your three year old nephew’s splatter paint masterpiece. Do you have great pictures from your walls, or of your personally decorated family rooms, or perhaps of the rolls of posters stashed under your bed? We want to know what your experiences are like, and how you relate to the information we are curating here.
"Art has enormous power to uplift and inspire, and our hope is to tie the existing manifested beauty of our multifaceted world of artistic creation as much into our unfolding realities as possible..."
Rene Magritte – La Fleche de Zenon, offset lithograph 1993
In the end, we want to encourage the advancement of everybody’s individual connection to the beauty that is facilitated by the brilliant and visionary artworks that have graced our planet over the last hundred years or so. We want to draw parallels between humans everywhere, and underscore the Artist that lives within everybody. In an effort to highlight the love of art that serves in the beautification and vitality of each of our personal surroundings, we are encouraging everyone to #ArtWiseUP with us.
Send us your thoughts, comments, photos and ephemera, and as always you can see our regular flow of inspiration on our Instagram @artwiseonline. You can also tag us in photos of your ArtWise prints, we would love to feature your picture.