A recent exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit wants everyone to care less about what art means and more about what it inspires. Their vision uses abstract art to instill emotion, and not to stoke an onslaught of questions; therefore, out of the who, what, where and why of things, all that anybody gets to know is the name of the artist. Afterall, according to Mark Stryker, an Art Critic for the Detroit Free Press, “Art isn’t about the answers, it’s about the questions.”
This collection of extra-abstract art was devised for inspiring – not inquiring. The artists felt that too many art enthusiasts were so infatuated with backstories and hidden meanings that they never reflected upon the art itself; in other words, art is an emotional creation, and it fails to intrigue if everyone is told what to think. A visitor to this exhibition will feel like a blind man in a dark room, looking for a black cat that doesn’t exist; or at least, that’s what the frank title wants you to think.
So, if you like to read the biography, then this collection might not be for you. But don’t skip it all together, since it’s always good to exercise the mind and stretch the imagination. Besides, maybe after checking out Rachel Harrison’s 58 picture meditation on evolution, you’ll come back with even more questions than you ever thought possible.