John O'Flynn - Artist

John O'Flynn - Artist

"What Is Art?"

In definitions seeking to answer "What is Art?" one frequently finds the notion that Art should "speak beyond its time", namely to subsequent generations - not just its own. In amongst the Canova castes the Crawford Gallery in Cork has placed a few modern pieces. It is my contention that this work - and alot of Modernism - will not "speak beyond its time", it is just too embedded in the art-debates of its own time, which are highly specific - and frequently abstruse. Once this "key" is lost - or too remote - it will be hard to "read". And since the significance of alot of Modernist pieces is not inherent but derives from their cultural or physical context, once this context is lost, so will the "art".  

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