Most of the greatest artists we appreciate now were highly discarded and overlooked during their lifetime. There is a strange irony in that art seems to rarely become popular and regarded as great while an artist is living. In the Homer reading, I really felt that his background affected his art and success. Homer stuck to his roots, and made art that fit the story of the common American. However, as his works are now being examined and looked into more now, we can see the effect that time has had on his works. While they were believed to be gloomy and dark, new technology has determined that he painted them to be much brighter than we can now see. Time plays an important role in art and its' success. If art cannot withstand time, its' message might change over time as well. In smaller reading we did but never seminared on(?) It mentioned the effect that timing can have. These artists, like Homer, painted the American way, but the timing was correct for them. They became influential during their lifetimes due to, "unique American perspective and practice of a new genre" (Hot History, 1). I found it interesting that we read this which was so different than so many other stories. Very rarely do the time and place mach up for an artist. After reading the Lincoln article, I also saw how important time is to the beauty or failure of a piece. With sculpture, especially memorials, it is important that it can stand up against time. While the Lincoln monument is so iconic and respected, other monuments like the Arthur Ashe one on Monument aren't thought as highly of. It is important that a piece avoids becoming "dated". The Lincoln statue is so great still now because it is in a location that emphasizes the monument's strength, its' width. The Lincoln memorial fills the area it is in, and its's design by French and Bacon is one that allows for people to connect and remember it. As time progresses, there are many works which we begin to appreciate more. O'Keeffe' work shows the growth in appreciation of women's artwork. Women's work has been widely overlooked and overall, "The disease we face is fundamental disrespect for women and unacceptable attitudes than women's thinking, observations, and creative output hold little value" (Sackler, 2). Women's artwork is just now reaching a time where the world is beginning to open up to their art. The more success women have in big auctions, like O'Keeffe, the more confident they will be in trying to fight for their work.
Timing and location is key in the success of artwork. Most commonly, art that is highly regarded now won't be in the future, and art that will be praised in the future, probably hasn't been exposed yet. As we shift and grow, our art and what we find praiseworthy changes. Not only is time essential for popularity, it is also important for growth and acceptance and change. As we grow, society and the art world are beginning to accept and find value in women's artwork. I think that like great cheeses, art grows better with age.