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Dictatorship of abstract art

In the process of searching for various information on the topic of “contemporary art”, I re-read many different sources and articles. The information there is twofold and, as a rule, very one-sided. Those. either openly praise, or vice versa, rot this or that direction. But so that everything is laid out on the shelves, so that it is explained how, to what and why… I have not seen this. Actually, that is why this series of articles arose, which I decided to write after many hours of dispute.

Hey! This text has been translated into English using automatic Google translation. So I apologize for the inaccuracies in the text. The original in Russian can be seen here

However, one day on the Discourse website I came across an entertaining interview with Oscar Rabin dated 2018. This is a Soviet and French artist. I will not describe here who he was and what he did, what he was known for. You can openly read about all this on Wikipedia or other sources.

Here are some excerpts from that interview. These, in my opinion, are the brightest and hottest words on the topic I am considering. It was the words of the respected Oscar Rabin that prompted me to come up with such an extravagant title for this material. I think you will agree with me after reading.

How can one talk about freedom in creativity when the so-called “artists of modern art” do not recognize anything but abstractionism. This is a dictatorship, not freedom!

It is very strange that people ask about freedom in an institution where freedom is ignored in every possible way, where only a modern, very narrow direction in art is recognized.

And modern art began with the denial of everything that was created by mankind before it, when mankind included in the field of art in a broad sense the positive that was in life, and problems were solved in a positive sense, and painting served as decoration and aesthetic satisfaction. We look at architectural buildings that are many hundreds of years old and are surprised, and we also admire the painting that has been preserved. All this with a plus sign. Even the horrors they depicted – for example, Bosch, who depicted hell – still did not cause disgust. Their intention was not to make you uncomfortable, but to show from some attractive and interesting side what is with a minus, and there are a lot of minuses in life. Life is full of cons.

Dictatorship of abstract art
Оскар Рабин

Art is for convenience, not beauty.

Art with a minus sign, not a plus sign.

Now in art all criteria, skill, individuality have been abolished, because individuality is an aristocratic concept. But for democracy in the broadest sense, this is not suitable.

Even the words were thrown out of the lexicon – “beautiful”, “beautiful” – all these are already curses. This is not a compliment to an artist. It is necessary that “conceptually”, in any way, but not beautiful, not decorative, God forbid, not to decorate life.

Science explores all aspects of life, but whether it is necessary to do this in art, I do not know. We must try to make our life more pleasant, to decorate it so that it is pleasant to return home, so that the food is beautiful, tasty, so that clothes are not only comfortable, but also beautiful. It is necessary to combine both, because in life we are faced with this and that, and at any second either “plus” or “minus” awaits us. Not to mention the fact that everything ends, most likely with a “minus”, death.

Now you begin to feel tired, that you have already eaten too much modern, some kind of cooling.

Globalization will still retain individuality, diversity, and recognize differences, because it exists, you can’t get away from it. Is there a solution for what to do? Probably, there is if desired. But so far there is no desire, no power has changed. Still, the power is now in the hands of fans of contemporary art, all museums, all leading galleries, magazines are in their hands. Art historians are more or less significant – they all, of course, serve the authorities, that is, those who are in power today. And I do not want to say that just because of the money, someone sincerely serves it. How long this will last is hard to say.

Complete rejection of the old

There are very few people at the exhibitions of artists of the second half of the 20th century. And there are never queues for artists like Malevich, but for classic ones like Monet, for example, they always stand. People vote [with their feet].

This is a constant intellectual blackmail and an attempt to shut everyone’s mouth. What I am saying cannot be printed in any art magazine. If the artists do not adhere to this style, then they are a level below. Other art can be exhibited in small galleries, some city halls, but it has no right to recognition and history.

And here and now in art there is a repetition, a development of ideas that were expressed at the beginning of the 20th century. Malevich was already a hundred years ago, and after that there was only detailed, petty work, and all the discoveries of the 20th century were built on this, which, of course, brought their benefits, because they were necessary for science and technology.

Now, instead of pressure from the authorities, there is a huge pressure on contemporary art. It is still not a dictatorship, but it has crossed this limit, it has begun to suppress the new, just as different styles used to degenerate in classical art, ceased to be needed. Academicians‌ were not always hard-core either, once the academy was very progressive, it was a step forward. Well, everything degenerated into the fact that they oppressed anyone who tried to say something differently, to think differently. And all these squares were absolutely necessary, but it has long passed into some kind of farce. Now this is not art, the same performance cannot be called fine art.


Many thanks to the wonderful site Discourse for this interview and the wonderful pictures of Oscar.

I think that this interview can put an end to this most difficult topic of “contemporary art”. If you have any questions, additions or disagreement with what is written in this series of articles, then you are welcome in the comments for further discussion. Peace, goodness and many creative ideas to all, whatever they may be. Diversity is great, isn’t it?! 😉

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