In reply to: is there a difference between painting and other art forms? posted by benjamin weil on March 20, 1996 at 15:16:12:
: painting is, as far as i am concerned, just another mean to articulate a cultural discourse. it is no different from a photograph, a film, text, or any other form of communication. one could argue that painting is harder to use today, because of its historical connotations, and issues related to craftmanship, good taste, etc. however, if painting can still be found to be the best medium to convey issues relating to contemporary culture, i then do not see why it would have to become virtual. on the othe rhand, it of course depends on how painting is defined. is it more of an object (a tradition, a certain definition of space, ...) or a concept (what an artist uses to express her/himself, painting then understood as a generic term to formally define what art is: i.e. as in video painting) a virtual painting would then be understood as a virtual space defined by an artist to communicate with the rest of the world?
: a very good exemple of whats real and virtual in art is happening right now in 23rd Sao Paulo Bienal, in Brasil, the idea of the exhibition is "desmaterialization of art", and everybody is asking what exactly they mean. Art has ever benn imaterial, and painting is a focal point of this discussion, of course because of its historical connotations and because its continuous leitmotiv in art history. Or not?