Friday, 20 January 2012

Indistinguishable Objects

Danto went on to compare two perceptibly indistinguishable objects, one that is considered art and one that is not. The example he chose to discuss was Andy Warhol’s Brillo boxes, he describes the boxes as being ‘piled  high,  in  neat  stacks,  as  in  the  stockroom  of  the supermarket.’ This idea of mimicking reality through art really allows us to question the value of objects and materials used to create artworks, is a bronze statuette of a man less valuable than a plywood Brillo box? In terms of material costs, yes, in terms of concept, no, as both objects reflect what already exists yet both have an atmosphere of something that didn’t exist prior to their creation.

In Danto’s ‘The Artworld’ he also touches upon the reversal of mimicking something from reality as art by using the thing itself: ‘Picasso's strategy in pasting the label from a bottle of Suze onto a drawing, saying  as  if it were that the academic artist, concerned with exact imitation, must always fall short of  the  real thing: so  why not just use the real thing?’