José Félix del Puerto Almazán
Gunther Stent tells us in his book "The Advent of the Golden Age" (1969), that Lewis Mumford stated that "forms as fashionable as op-art and pop-art have so much resemblance to [...] the creative exuberance [...] like the one with the sound of a fart with a trumpet solo from Purcell”. It seems that about fifty years ago, there was already a feeling that something was working badly in the evolution of art, and specifically in that of painting, among the general public and an important sector of the artistic community. The time has passed and my opinion is that we are already in a dead end. Abstraction with its brave avant-garde forms walks in only one direction and there is no escape.
The study of the artistic evolution [of abstraction for example] reveals that the artist is freed more and more from the strict canons that governed his methods of work and his creative expression. Nowadays the freedom of expression of the artist is total and in contrast the observer faces works of art difficult to understand and enjoy because the artistic styles are unrecognizable, they are the product of acts of creation that are virtually reduced at ramdom. The observer becomes the true final creator, if he manages to unravel and interpret the work of art individually.
However, art leads us on miraculous paths to beauty. The artist can not stop expressing himself, now in total freedom, because there is something that leads him, that guides him, that pushes him to create, although he has to overcome limitations, which on the other hand go to the benefit of the one who watches the work and enjoys of it, which requires greater sophistication and knowledge to penetrate the beauty that is always hidden in a work of art, or not?