Truisms of Today

Basel or no Basel, people have hit the streets, with what I like to reference as Trusisms – hence having some truth implied.

The concept of “Trusisms,” originally entered the art scene with Jenny Holzer in the 70s. She made lists of “truths” put forth to the people with art that appeared like advertisments. Thus, she wheat pasted lists of Truisims on walls around New York City, occupied billboards in Times Square, and placed her art on marquees of theatres (see below), and more (she also hit other major cities as well – London, Munich, Oslo, Amsterdam, …).

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But now, in the 21st century, people are gratifying their messages on the grounds. Thus, you must now not only look up, but look down.

See examples from Miami’s Wynwood District and New York’s Gallery District in Chelsea of what people are making you contemplate…

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Is there always a tomorrow? Is modern art so expensive – yes to some, no to others… And should LOVE be the reason to breathe? Or are there more reasons to breathe besides love… like family, friends, your passions, etc.

Thus take these ideas that are going around the streets that make you question the truths behind these ideas proposed to you… and THINK.

XX,

CHC (@cultureheARTs)

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Kurt Schwitters Retrospective @ Tate Britain

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In the last years of his life Kurt Schwitters remained dedicated to his craft, and that resonates at the exhibition currently on at Tate Britain. Having fled his native country Germany and later Norway, Schwitters landed in London where, as viewers, we see the impact the new and foreign environment had on him and vice versa. Like a collage mathematician, Schwitters use of found objects in his works create a sense of harmony amidst the madness of World War II, which in which he coined the term “merz” to describe this process. Using everything from bus tickets to advertisements, rubbish and the like, the work of Schwitters is undoubtedly deserving of this retrospective.

This is DADA at its finest! So is it art that we he(ART)? or Anti-Art?

Cheers, NYX