We’re on the verge of a great artistic extinction

“‘…We’re on the verge of one of great artistic extinctions in history,’ [Richard Benson] says. ‘Don’t get me wrong. People will continue to make etchings, engravings and other kinds of prints. But increasingly they’re going to be seen as antiquarian processes — of interest mainly to scholars, connoisseurs and other pointy-headed types. Printmaking as it’s been practiced for the past 500 years — and in the case of photography, for the past 150-plus years — is on its last legs….

“’…On the one hand, photographs are everywhere — on billboards, in books and magazines, all over the galleries and museums. On the other hand, how many of the people who took those photographs also printed them? How many were even printed in a darkroom? I’ll tell you how many: almost none.’”

Photographer’s opus embraces art of printing Bill Van Siclen
Providence Journal November 2, 2008

Posted by: Tanya


One response to “We’re on the verge of a great artistic extinction

  1. On the other hand, whoever said art should be tangible like print? Our concept of art might be the suspect for this “extinction.”

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