I remember watching a TV programme about a jacket that was featured on the front cover of Vogue magazine. It was modeled by one of the supermodels of the time, like Linda Evangelista or Christy Turlington and, although I can't remember exactly, I'm fairly sure it was Chanel. The programme followed the making, marketing, promotion and selling of the jacket. To cut a long story short, this jacket was made by a few women in an obscure part of the world using a very precious bolt of fabric, cost a large four figure sum and - here's the rub - sold to about five rich women. So that jacket that was to represent a new fashion movement, featured on a popular magazine, was as attainable to the average woman as Linda's face and figure.
I was surfing some art blogs this morning and yet again I find that even though the artist is speaking English, I cannot understand a word they are saying! They say the Americans and the Brits are two peoples separated by a common language and I find this so true when reading certain (modern) art blogs! Are they speaking a language only those in a certain area of New York can understand? Are they trying to mask something that is lacking in their work? It's really not that I don't like modern art but I'm finding that with some artists who speak in an indecipherable (artsy fartsy?) language, their art doesn't speak to me either.
My Dad was a very conservative person so I was surprised when one day he said how much he liked one of Salvador Dali's paintings. I'm sure Dad would have had no time for Dali's affectations! But to me it represented something more important- that Dali's art was communicating and speaking a universal language. If you travel to remote parts of the world, you find that every human being understands it.
Isn't the whole point about art to communicate (for want of a better word)? Perhaps I'm missing something - that the point of these artists (or should they be called club members?) is only to communicate in code so that only the Chosen Ones understand? What then are they trying to say with their art, and who is their audience? Or is it an in-joke? Are they thumbing their noses at the masses perhaps, like that expensive jacket?