Fresh flowers in my window by David Hockney

by Rosanne van Tilburg on November 9, 2010

Working on our new GROUP A blog, which is all about new media, I was caught by another form of new media; drawing on an iPhone.

david hockney | fresh flowers

Last weekend in Paris, visiting the exhibition of David Hockney in the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, I was overwhelmed by hundreds of luminous ‘painted’ flowers. They were drawn on a iPhone and iPad and also exhibited on them. It was the luminosity of the screens that connected me to it.

They were digital files sent by Hockney to the Fondation via email: was I looking at a real painting? Was this still Art? Or can Art be copied a million times without losing any of its authenticity and excitement?

My answer is yes.

What do you think? Check out the Fondation’s website and let me know…

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Chris Woltjes November 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm

check this most interesting essay by Walter Benjamin: ‘the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction’.


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