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Re: [BKARTS] art



Company art After the disintegration of the Mughal Empire in the early 18th century, artists of the Mughal court started to take refuge in provincial states like Ayodhya, Patna and Murshidabad. They continued to paint in their traditional style under the new patrons and their paintings were often termed as 'Provincial Mughal Art'. After the fall of Murshidabad and the rise of Calcutta as the centre of colonial rule, artists from Murshidabad, and even from Ayodhya and Patna started to gather in Calcutta in search of job. Initially the Company employed English artists to do the architectural, botanical and zoological drawings necessary for their administrative purposes. But as they were more expensive, local artists were gradually trained and employed for these jobs. These provincial artists very quickly learned the new technique and by assimilating it with their traditional knowledge created what is now termed as 'Company Art'. Pir Bux, Shaikh Zainuddin and a few others excelled in this style. But the finest of them undoubtedly was Sheikh Muhammad Ameer, who was active around 1840-50. His paintings of animals could well be compared with any of the best European examples of the period.

Perhaps we (some of us) are in some transitional vortex where we have started to take refuge in states like the internet or been forced to adapt to working within this medium for money (and fun) and so our terms like "books" and "art" are morphing under a new administration, but art and books are adaptable mediums, and when this particular model passes, the artist and writer will remain to remould to a new set of circumstances. Perhaps it is a long dance, on a wide floor and this 'corporate' phase is but one pirouette or dip, as perhaps print was/is?

As for Bob, I think his best line was "Only one thing I did wrong - stayed in Mississippi way too long".

Jessica (Syme)





----- Original Message -----

From: "Richard Minsky" <minsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2006 5:07 AM
Subject: Re: [BKARTS] art


The Internet is my favorite book.

Code is the thread that binds the pages together. When I made the first book art website in 1993 I was very excited that I could use html code as binding thread. Like Michael, I am a computer geezer. I started off programming an IBM 360 in machine language in 1964. Now there are many forms of code, as there are many forms of bookbinding. We have perl, java, javascript, etc.

I would not agree, however, that it is not art because it has a commercial purpose. There are many kinds of art. Commercial Art is a big field. And some TV commercials transcend their pecuniary function and become iconic artworks of the culture. Some are entertainment. Some are hilarious. The reason I titled this thread "art" with no modifier is that it raises the fundamental question that some have stated--when do we call it art.

It further goes toward our field wide nomenclature: Book Art is a subset of Book Arts. The latter includes industrial arts, hand crafts, etc. When the metaphoric content of a work is enhanced or furthered by the materials, form and images, then we call it Book Art. We distinguish between Fine Art, Decorative Art and Illustration. I've written and spoken a lot about this.

So we have two different questions posed by Peter and Michael: Is it a book?, and is it art?

Whether it's good or not is another question. But it may be THE question. Rose Slivka said "If it's good, it's art. If it's not, who cares?"

--
Richard
http://minsky.com

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