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Candeau French for gift is not exactly what one thinks about when hearing the word Candeau is a free-standing sculpture composed of an ordinary manufactured iron made from black cast iron the kind that could have been purchased in any store selling housewares in the early part of this century The appearance of the flatiron is changed merely by a row of sharp tacks glued along the underside from top to bottom Philadelphia-born artist Man Ray created in 1921 My idea of art matches that of the modern view where aesthetics or emotions evoked when viewing a piece of art are the main criteria for believing something is really werthy of being called art As a viewer I believe art should show a great deal of creativity something that shows the artist has a tuned talent In other words art is to me something I could not simply throw together myself in five minutes flat aside from the time it takes for the glue on a row of tacks to dry Aesthetics obviously did not play a role in this sculpture nor did the expression of any meaningful ideas or feelings I do realize that not knowing the history of this piece or of its creator changes what I see when looking at this sculpture When I view the iron I see it as a meaningless object that does not appear to have any creativity or significance attached to itself Other artists from this time such as Duchamp and Picasso were also having a hard time finding an audience for their work because society did not understand the ideas they were trying to communicate and now Picasso is one of the most famous artists in the world The genius of these people is finally being recognized as books and research papers are celebrating their art as a valid expression from their time They created history by going against what was considered normal and desirable although
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