Innovation, Substance, Vision
- The Future of Art
October 6th 2003, The Foundation for the Advancement of Art
presented Innovation, Substance, Vision--The Future of Art
at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. With a panel of
philosophers, artists, and scientists, the conference addressed
the importance and future of art.
Lectures and Speakers:
Michael Newberry addresses the international audience at
New York's Pierre Hotel.
Innovation in Art by Michael Newberry, artist and
Director of the Foundation.
Newberry: Director of the Foundation, published
critic and an artist who expresses the human ideal
through unique light and color schemes.
is the key to positive change. Innovation is the bridge
between an artists' knowledge of earlier discoveries and
the zenith of their imaginations.”
Modern to Postmodern Art by Dr. Stephen Hicks,
Stephen Hicks: Leading philosopher with wide-ranging
insights from Postmodernism and Intellectual History.
Dr. Hicks outlined the spiraling descent of postmodern
art and argued that we must “look at the world
turn of the twentieth century, the nineteenth-century
intellectual world’s sense of disquiet had become a
full-blown anxiety. The artists responded, exploring in
their works the implications of a world in which reason,
order, certainty, dignity, beauty, and optimism seemed
to have disappeared.”
world of postmodern art is a run-down hall of mirrors
reflecting tiredly some innovations introduced a century
ago. It is time to move on.”
and Art in the 21st Century by Dr. Jan Koenderink,
Koenderink: One of the most influential scholars
working in the field of human vision. Dr.
Koenderink voiced his challenge to the future for
integrating art and science and the importance of examining human perception:
War I science and art, indeed society as a whole, have
gone through dramatic metamorphoses, leading to a
loosening of bonds with the past and a loss of
science "purports to deal with cosmology, the
subatomic realm, quantum theory, brain scanning… [these]
topics are so remote as to be effectively irrelevant to
any phenomena of daily life. A sane person would
conclude that the sciences have nothing to say on what
is important in a person’s life. If the art of our times
reflects [this]…then it should be fully remote from your
daily life’s visions. A blank canvas, a random pattern,
or a nonsensical representation, would be totally
appropriate…Such a perspective is manifestly wrong."
to the above there are the novel sciences which
take a "holistic and non-nominalistic approach", and "focus[es]
on the phenomena at the human level. One consequence of
this is a renewed interest in visualization and in
artistic production, primarily towards representational
Worshiper, Fool by Martine Vaugel, sculptor.
Vaugel: "Passionist" sculptor who has pushed the
boundaries of expression in figurative sculpture for
decades through her innovative methodologies.
believe in leaving my work for future generations to
understand what it was to be a woman born in 1950, a
woman of the twentieth century. And, that is what I will
leave to the future, and that is whom I work for.”
“It is the
truth of the art of the past added to our personal
innovation and perspective that creates the art of the
and Ideals by Dr. David Kelley, philosopher.
Kelley: Writer and intellectual on philosophical
issues from human perception and reason to the furthest
applications of ethics and politics.
enormous hunger for the experience of ideals has had to
be satisfied with popular film, music, and fiction, with
their simple and often sentimental templates of courage
in battle and love everlasting…Our ideals need and
deserve the skill of fine artists. We need the
excitement of artistic innovation, the experience of
ideals rendered powerfully and insightfully.”
may scoff at those who speak of ideals, but I think it
is the cynic who is naïve…Life is a constant pursuit of
goals, a constant striving for what we conceive as good
for us…any such judgment implies a standard of
comparison, a benchmark representing the best that is
“I am not
saying that the representation of ideals is the only
function of art. But I believe it is a vital
function—and one that has been neglected in the past
speakers fielding questions during the Question and
Answer session. (L to R) Stephen Hicks, Jan
Koenderink, Michael Newberry, Martine Vaugel, and David
David Kelley replying to a question.
Martine Vaugel and Michael Newberry in background.
October 6, 2003. The international audience included figures from the
worlds of art and commerce including Stephen Farthing from the
New York Academy of Art, Jennifer Thompson from MASS MoCA, and Lee Minaidis from the Organization of the World Heritage Cities.
Standing, Liza Thorne and Brett
Holverstott FAC's marketing and
in the audience were Louis Torres, co-author of What Art Is,
Marsha Enright, founder of the College of the United
States, and Lindsay Perigo, founding member of New Zealand's Libertarianz
party. And Michal Fram Cohen, Robert Mechielsen, Kathy
Wilson, Anthony Teets, Anna
Moody, Lloyd Buchanan, and
This event was
documented with two
DVD's. Though you can
see YouTube videos of
collector's edition goes
towards defraying the
past cost of the event.
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