Art pours out into the world in such an uneven fashion. This is perhaps what makes it so fascinating. Some questions about the art experience will never go away. Instead of losing relevance, the changes brought about by the internet, social media and technology in general, in addition to evolving ideas in art for art's sake, the artist is accessible to the public without the screen of critics or art historians as never before.
There is a great book by Richard Meyer titled What Was Contemporary Art? published by MIT Press in 2013 that puts an interesting perspective on the development of "contemporary" art. Art is historically always contemporary to the artist producing it and the formal boundaries between the art historian, the art critic, the art and the artist have shifted over the decades. Meyer covers the changes and places an informed perspective on the history of some leading art critics and historians greats such as Rosalind Krauss, Micheal Fried etc and spotlights Alfred Barr's role in encouraging that it was critical to record as much as possible in the lifetime of an artist via interviews, archiving process and other documentation meant to support the assessment of the artist within art history and art criticism. But where do personal relationships between the artist and art historian or art critic become blurred ethical lines? With the abundance of media produced by an individual now via Facebook, selfies, blogs, websites, Twitter feeds, Pinterest boards, Kickstarter, YouTube, Behance, Vimeo, self-publishing platforms etc. ...Are laptops now archived, browsing history, cookies, downloads, doodles on iPad apps (yes, David Hockney iPad art)?
In celebration of the upcoming Art21 season 7 being released by PBS, their series Artist to Artist. Video one is artist Shahzia Sikander at the 13th Istanbul Biennial. The second video is artist Diana Al-Hadid at the 55th Venice Biennale interviewing select artists on their work presented. And lastly, artist Shahzia Sikander again but at the Sharjah Biennial 11. These short videos are interesting on many levels from the said to the unsaid to the air and energy in the moments captured.