16 December 2007

Profound Implications for Art Education

Mel Alexenberg sending cyberangel on circumglobal flight from AT&T building in New York
Arts and Activities
December 2007

From media review by Dr. Jerome Hausman
The Future of Art in a Digital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness

This book offers an ecological perspective: “a deeper account of what art is doing, reformulating its meaning and purposes beyond the gallery system.”
It references such important artists as Allan Kaprow, Josef Albers, John Cage, Tsutomu Hiroi, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and others. What is also interesting and informative is an account of the author’s Rembrandt Memorial Fax-Art Event, a cyberangel flight from New York to Amsterdam to Jerusalem to Tokyo and back to New York.

Alexenberg offers special insights into the post-modern nature of the Talmud’s biblical consciousness as an open-ended living system. His argument is that the new paradigm of art must be of a structural and dynamic nature. Here, he quotes Allan Kaprow in urging a more “lifelike art.” This has profound implications for art education.