THE BIRTH OF AN EXCITING ART INITIATIVE IN THE DALLAS COMMUNITY:
THE OPENING OF THE
THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED “ARTABOUTART FOUNDATION.ORG.”
(ART REFLECTING ON ITSELF)
In the Howard Meyer’s historical building, (The old Tiferet Synagogue), located at 2312 Al Lipscomb Way (the old Grand Ave), at Good Latimer EXWAY, Dallas TX 75215
THE PURPOSE OF THE FOUNDATION IS TO UNDERTAKE STUDIES ON THE SOCIOLOGICAL AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL APPROACH TO ART UNDER THE DIRECTION OF
RAFFAELE MARTINI PANDOZY, SCULPTOR AND Ph.D. in ART EDUCATION.
THE OPENING WILL OCCUR IN THE SPRING 2018
AT A DATE TO BE CONVENED AND AT THAT TIME ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE ABOUT THE FOLLOWING FOUNDATION’S PROGRAMS:
1) A SERIES OF LECTURES ON THE FOUNDER’S THEORY OF PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART, WHICH INCLUDE CLASSES ON ART CRITICISM AND ART HISTORY;
2) AN INTRODUCTION OF HIS BOOK “OF ART AND ARTEOLOGY - THE REFORMATION OF THE CONCEPT OF ART FOR A BETTER WORLD”.
The founder’s life project and his “Opus Magnum of approximately 3,000 pages that took 45 years to complete.
3) A PARTIAL RETROSPECTIVE OF THE FOUNDER’S WORK FROM 1972 TO 2017
HISTORY OF ART ABOUT ART
Art About Art, means “Art reflecting on itself,” on its meaning, on its history, on the work and the social and political achievements of the last 200 years with respect to improving the quality of human life. Dr. Pandozy coined this dictum back in the year 2000, like the word Arteology, which he coined during the 1970’s. It means “the science of art. Now, there are many artists that copied Dr. Pandozy’s new words, which can largely be found on the internet, just because they sound good, without practicing their original meaning.
The Academy of Arts and Science in Washington DC, in the year 1998, issued an approximate statistic that estimates the population’s general interest in art, which goes as follows:
1) There is about 15% of the entire US population interested in Modern Art, but unsure what art is or what the purpose is. They simply enjoy it for the visual experience; use it for decoration or for investment, without inquiring any further.
2) Then there is about 45% of the population that has had marginal art education in schools or universities and would like to know more about it.
3) Finally, there is 40% of the population that is not interested in art at all and could care less about its substance.
As a result the need for a reformation of the concept of art and high standard of art education is real.
FULFILLING THE NEED FOR HIGH STANDARD OF ART EDUCATION IS THE FOUNDATION’S MAIN GOAL.
Toward the end of furthering art education, the foundation will adopt fundamental scientific principles combined to Dr. Raffaele Martini Pandozy’s new theory of PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART. Dr. Pandozy is no stranger in this field. He has a Ph.D. in art education from New York University. His original dissertation studies were never fully completed until now. Therefore, he is highly qualified to teach artists, scholars and individuals in general to expand their perception of reality.
It is a fact that latest scientific findings have revealed new truths about human perception, which sustain Emmanuel Kant's assertion, the great empirical philosopher, namely, what comes out of your brain is the result of what comes into your brain. This tells us that there is no metaphysics involved in the perception, the process, or the idea of art. It also tells us that artists must look into the essence of reality through analytical reflection, in order to make better and more meaningful art that will inspire the community at large and make the world a better place to live. The founder Dr. Raffaele Martini Pandozy, a prominent sculptor in the U.S. and in Italy, will be offering lectures on his innovative art theory of PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART based on his four-volume book Of Art and Arteology. Phenomenology of art, besides helping the perception of reality, provides the discipline to move toward a special purpose, like it was during the Renaissance times 600 years ago to help construct a better humanity.
STATEMENT FROM THE FOUNDER ABOUT HIS THEORY ON THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART.
Let me make it clear that everything in life is explainable through concepts and ideas. These two last words are in practice synonymous, except when used in separate contexts. I promise that I am not going to lecture on linguistics at the moment, but I will begin by saying that the word “art” as idea and concept makes no exception from the rule mentioned above. Art is a human concept and like all human concepts, must grow and evolve. My argument proceeds by saying that ideas and concepts rest on reality, advanced intelligence and linguistic capacity. However, one cannot find the concept of art in the “Book of the Dead”, in the Koran, the Torah or the Bible. The epistemological and historical paradox we encounter is when we ask anyone, “What is art?” and no one is able to answer this question. I studied and worked all my life to properly answer this single question and to arrive at a logical explanation that embodies the logic of nature and the potential human intelligence, so that art may regain its prestigious place in society and advance genetic intelligence for the sake of humanity. These goals are scientific reality. The founder’s phenomenological theory is that art, being a complex cognitive experience, improves human intelligence, which exemplifies the need of good art in society. In addition, the theory is substantiated by the fact that this is the best concept of art we humans can have to benefit ourselves and bring good changes in the world. Otherwise, who can accomplish this task beside the artist? Certainly not the politicians, the preachers or the art teachers, whose school curricula are outdated and inadequate.
It seems rather strange that no artist takes example from the Renaissance, when the concept of “humanism” was a precondition of any conceptual work of art. The answer to this problem rests on the failure of art critics and historians to re-contextualize and advance the concept of art instead of rendering it more subjective for mere self-aggrandizement. Barack Obama was right when in 2016 during a speech in a Wisconsin factory mentioned that “it is better to have a specialization than a degree in the history of art.” The natural history of art arising from and preserving basic human values of life has never been written. What we read in history books is subjective “historicity,” namely, personal little stories emerging from critics and historians, who choose the field of art to play their subjective little games, which provide notoriety and wealth.
ART ABOUT ART – Reflecting on itself. STAND FOR ITSELF
This is a message to all artists of the world and an invitation to obtain an expanded and clear perception about the crazy world in which we all live. PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART will help all, artists, historians, critics and art administrators to obtain a true perception of the world so that we can develop an effective social criticism to help change it for the sake of that sense of humanity we all cherish in our heart. One cannot certainly help make this world a better place to live by indulging in a state of dreams and fantasies.
ABOUT THE BOOK
OF ART AND ARTEOLOGY – The Reformation of the Concept of art for a Better World, was intended and designed precisely to give art a sense of purpose and direction for the time to come, which is now overdue, since art cannot be separated from life and artists cannot continue to live in a world of dreams and turn away from existential reality. The author, being an artist himself and a practical man, spent 45 years researching and gathering material to provide enough support for his theory. His book comprises 3,000 pages, and more than 350 references-- enough to sustain and realign the central concept and produce a “ New Humanism,” which will secure a long lasting cultural development and perhaps a New Renaissance right here in America. Since the author firmly believes that life and art are one and the same thing and that existential phenomenological reality of life is the bond, he tried to interpret quite extensively art from all historical, critical philosophical and psychological perspectives in order to prove that contemporary artists are heading in the wrong direction, or have no direction at all, and their message is often insignificant to produce any substantial and beneficial effects upon humanity. The reformation of the concept of art is thus necessary to give some sense to this word and to legitimize the category of fine artists now and in the future.
Finally, the book is intended to provide a standard substantial curriculum of studies for all art schools and universities that will allow students with the kind of authenticity and capacity to produce better and more effective art works that will make a change in the world.
Raffaele Martini Pandozy, Ph.D.
Sculptor and Ph.D. in Art Education
A SPECIAL SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
At the moment, there is not a PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART program in the city of Dallas or in the world. This initiative will serve as an example that starts right here in our community to fulfill the need to bring local artist to a higher level of production of ideas, to enhance the creative spirit of Texas artists and hopefully expanding to the world.
THE NATURE OF THE FOUNDER’S WORK
The PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART stands as a program of studies resting on the potential and essential nature of art whose future and intellectual development may be infinite. The project will explore new sociological ideas that will benefit the entire community. That will include the development of new social theories and new social criticism addressing the final end of a constructive anthropology since the latest scientific findings in genetics and microbiology indicate that complex experience produce more intelligent human beings. This statement reflects the findings to be found in chapter 6 of the founder’s book.
INTENT OF THE PROGRAM OF STUDIES
The program of studies is designed with the particular intent to provide artists with an outlet for greater social interaction and social criticism in order to stimulate the creativity of the local and international community, to contribute with special creative intelligence to operate changes of values in the world. This intent rests primarily on the fact that until now, there has not been enough participation of artists in community and world affairs and that nothing has been done in this direction, which remains out of context. Aristotle said “the good is what all desire,” but the good must be envisioned as a possible reality not a dream or fantasy. PHENOMENOLOGY teaches precisely this. It makes it understood that more participation of artists equipped with the right knowledge of world affairs will produce just the right impact that will actualize positive changes.
Art About Art Foundation and Gallery will also offer local and international artists and scholars of art an outlet to present manuscripts, perform or to exhibit innovative work and ideas – an opportunity which presently is offered nowhere else in Dallas or in the state of Texas. The work will range from essays on art, painting and sculpture to, environmental art, poetry, theater, music, performances, mixed media, lectures and discussions on the PHENOMENOLOGY OF ART, Art History, Art Theory and Art Criticism, The Social sciences, Anthropology, Psychology and more.
SUPPORT AND INITIATIVES
Some donors have already pledged substantial support. The artist himself will donate to the foundation his large collection of art work of his entire career and all the publishing rights of his book.
A regular membership will be instituted as the gallery becomes well known in the community and throughout the state of Texas and the world. Financial support will also be provided by individual members of the foundation and gallery and by the sale of tickets for each lecture and performance, set at a modest price, just to cover the expenses of the operation. In addition, applications for State and National Grants, NEA and NEU will be submitted in order to expand the programs nationwide and eventually include the additional children’s program designed by the founder 30 years ago.
INTERNSHIPS AND INSIDE HELP
The public, art schools and Universities are invited to get involved in this program and contribute with their human resources to help launch and operate this exciting and very productive community project.
The Introduction of the Book: “OF ART AND ARTEOLOGY—THE REFORMATION OF THE CONCEPT OF ART FOR A BETTER WORLD will soon be available for downloading for free from the foundation’s website.
For More Information visit our website artaboutartfoundation.org