Modern interpretations or a new generation’s disrespect?

Starry Night by Van Gogh has always been one of my favourite pieces of art work. Whilst this may be a little unoriginal, I can’t argue against what I think. It is classics such as this that have been subject to a lifetime of admiration.

It is also classics such as this that have been part of a growth in new interpretations and adaptions. The question is, can these new pieces or copies be considered good, or a new generation of disrespect? I’ve chosen to explore this idea.

(Final imagine link)

These are just three of the many adaptions of Starry Night, search the internet and there is no doubt you could find an endless supply. We could perhaps look at this as a disrespectful use of Van Gogh’s work, used for consumerism, copied, and in some cases, eaten! It does appear that this piece of art has been transformed into a throwaway fashion by using it as a gimmick. It could be said that Van Gogh’s work has been cheapened as a result.

However, I find that this attitude may perhaps limit Van Gogh’s work, rather than disrespect it. Even though there is a degree of consumerism involved, adaptations and new interpretations extend this piece beyond it’s original purpose. By exposing Starry Night to a new audience via a new method, such as the above, those who are less inclined to the arts, or perhaps have a limited knowledge of classics, may find a new interest.

By creating these new versions of Van Gogh’s art, it maintains his memory and his work. Moreover, art in itself is designed to grow and be interpreted. It is natural that a piece from 1889, be adapted to suit an audience in 2011 in which Ipods, Vans shoes, and cake is commonplace. The same type of evolution appears in music, theatre (e.g. Avenue Q) and other arts.

So, whilst it is possible to take these items as cheapening the work of Vincent Van Gogh, I like to believe that it shows that his work is still admired and still coveted. Plus, if it works to expose his work to more people who I can share my love of this painting with, then I can’t see the harm in that!

Keep creative,

Anna xx

(Co-editor 2011/12)

Razz would love to hear the opinions of it’s readers about issues such as this, so get it touch!


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