06-11-2009 05:26 PM
As most of you are well aware, there is a huge amount of contemporary art in various mediums available to today's audiences - but only a small percentage of it will stand the test of time.
Looking at the various pieces of music, film, art, and so on that is generally associated with our current era - which, for the sake of argument, I'll define as the latter half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st - who do you think will be seen by future historians and enthusiasts as the greatest representatives of their artforms from this period that we now live in?
To kick things off, I'll throw out a couple examples. I'm pretty sure that hundreds of years from now Brian Eno will be seen as one of the most influential figures in music in the current period. Not only for his own groundbreaking ambient compositions such as those on Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks but also for producing such well known albums as U2's Joshua Tree as well for being the composer behind small pieces of music we hear all the time and don't even think about, such as the Windows XP bootup sound. Another musical figure who I believe will stand the test of time is Prince, with classic albums like Sign 'O' the Times, which is as influential today as it was upon its release over 20 years ago, and which will likely remain so well into the future.
In the realm of recent film, I think the Coen brothers' recent adaption of Cormac McCarthy's novel, No Country for Old Men, is already on the way to being considered one of the classic films of the decade, but I also believe that other contemporary films that, comparatively speaking, aren't quite as well known now might be looked upon with more reverence in the future, such as Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, a much slower and quieter western, but magnificently filmed.
What are your thoughts? Which artists in music, film, TV, visual art, or other fields do you think people will still be talking about 200 years from now?
06-15-2009 03:50 PM
-The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
06-29-2009 11:50 AM
Eno is an interesting choice - his solo works (ambient or otherwise) are all very engaging, but he would certainly be best remembered as a producer. This assumes, of course, that producers are the kinds of people that get remembered x years in the future. It would be an interesting change if people began to focus more on the technical recording aspect of music-making, rather than the more obvious songwriting aspect. Certainly, if this is true, Eno is someone to be remembered.
I know it's not exactly current, but I'd like to think that people would still be listening to The Beach Boys/Brian Wilson in 100 years. Pet Sounds was a revolution in pop music in both form and approach and it's an album that I think remains incredibly vital forty-odd years after its release. I don't see why it wouldn't remain noticable for sixty, especially when even now we can see huge influences in music like Animal Collective.