— Paolo Baldacci —
The work of art is a reading of the world and, at the same time, a project for its future. The artist, rather than an intellectual drawing on reason and logic is, therefore, a seer who has a form of knowledge which differs from that of the historian or the scientist.
Art is the only thing that survives in a world that is dying or has been dead for centuries. People, relationships, economies and wealth, customs and traditions, ideas and religions all die but the work of art lives on and we can look at Greek antiquity with the eyes of Homer or Phidias, the spirit of the Middle Ages, or the Renaissance, with those of Dante or Giotto or Raphael and so on.
Art transforms itself because the world changes and when the technical means of capturing and broadcasting images emerged so did modern art, freed from the obligation of “reproducing” and therefore free to “produce”, that is to “create”, consistent with the etymology of the word poetry, from the Greek poièin (‘to make’, the antithesis of pràssein which means ‘to do’ or ‘to act’).
From that moment on art stopped being merely a rendition of the world and the spirit of an age and became also a “project”, or rather the intuition and creation of a universe of forms and languages parallel and analogous to that of the nature man is a part of.
Understanding modern and contemporary art does not mean “understanding” it in a logical sense, or in other words grasping or explaining its significance, but sensing paths, analogies and rhythms which are not yet evident. It is like knowing how to dance entering in harmony with the vital flow of the music. Because art is a mimesis of life produced by that eternal source of spiritual creation which is man.