Remember tactile artist, George Wurtzel? This blind artist is changing the way we see art. Wurtzel is fed up with being told “don’t touch the art.” Art is meant to be experienced and for people like Wurtzel, touching is the best way to experience it.
“The art world’s favorite rule: “Don’t Touch the Art,” is well intentioned but can have unintended and harmful side effects,” explains Cantor Fine Art. “Like the fact that a blind man feels like he has less access to public artwork than a pigeon. That is awful, but it doesn’t have to be this way.”
Even more frustrating is the fact that many of these “don’t touch” art installations are placed outside. What harm could hands do that outside elements, such as pigeons and severe weather couldn’t?
To promote the concept of tactile art, Wurtzel and Cantor Fine Arts is hosting an art show completely dedicated to art that you could touch and feel. The response was amazing. In fact, tickets sold out and more than 3,000 people showed up to experience the art. And, guess what, not one piece of art was harmed or messed up in any way. Entitled What Pigeons Taught Us About Art, check out this video about the show.
Featuring tactile works from around the world, each piece “has a unique discipline and background that enables surprising and varied tactile experiences – ranging from tactile portraits, to sculptures, to augmented reality.” The show will run through the end of August.