• What Makes Good Art?

    Posted on July 27, 2013 by in Chirps

    Mona Lisa

    The following is a portion of an excerpt from ArtBusiness.com that attempts to answer the question “What makes good art?”

    Answers are from a few of the Art World Pros…

    Brian Gross, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco: Art that is unique in conception and well executed.

    Cheryl Haines, Haines Gallery, San Francisco: Clear intention, unwavering dedication, patience, perseverance, self awareness and the drive to make for yourself and no one else.

    Catharine Clark, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco: When it has its own internal logic. It took me a long time to get to this place, but that is the answer that I now give. I used to say that good art is like porn; you know it when you see it.

    Robert Shimshak, Collector, Berkeley, CA: Good art is timeless. It will assume a new relevance to each generation, and to yourself as you grow. It will connect to the past and feed the future. It has a simple and rigorous beauty that commands your gaze and thoughts whenever you look at it. The best work will break your heart. As a collector, you will know it when you see it. It’s personal. You will not have to be convinced by anyone to acquire it; it will be something you simply must have. It is like a good marriage that completes a feeling inside you, something that lasts forever and grows with time.

    In keeping with the ArtBusiness.com article, we felt it necessary to ask the same question in order to gain a perspective from a professional artist and collector of art.

    “What makes good art?” 

    Allison Osborn, Curator of Robin B Gallery in Chicago: This question can be answered in the simplest of terms. As the old saying goes “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.  Art and things of beauty only have value if they speak to your soul. Regardless of the price, if you do not enjoy the beauty of the piece, no amount of money – or art critic telling you its worth – can make it so. As a result, Robin B Gallery embraces the idea that regardless of price point, we believe in the motto “Art for All”. Every individual should have the opportunity to explore the arts – whether for its pure beauty, its inspirational message, its controversial viewpoint, its technical excellence or its market value at a price that is obtainable for the purchaser. Art must speak to and connect with the viewer. Art is the most basic form of communication and can leave a legacy beyond its medium.