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How would you feel about your best friend if she suddenly did something so colossally stupid, it made you doubt the very basis of the friendship? It happens in Yasmina Reza's monster international hit, Art. When an art lover buys what is in essence a pure white painting for a horse-choking sum, his best friend goes ballistic. Yet a third friend gets squeezed in the middle.How would you feel about your best friend if she suddenly did something so colossally stupid, it made you doubt the very basis of the friendship? It happens in Yasmina Reza's monster international hit, Art. When an art lover buys what is in essence a pure white painting for a horse-choking sum, his best friend goes ballistic. Yet a third friend gets squeezed in the middle. Questions about the meaning of strange modern art and strange modern friendships--and how they're sometimes not all that different--fly thick in the limelight....

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Art Reviews

  • Cecily
    2019-05-09 23:39

    Friendship and Honesty Think of your oldest, closest friends: the shared experiences and interests that your friendship is rooted in, and the unspoken understanding, support, and private jokes that nurture it. These friends are the background of your life, but the foreground, too: peaks of joy, troughs of sorrow, advice, companionship, affectionate joshing, heated debates... Now take a step back and search for the little elephants in the room of your friendship. The trivial things that irritate, but which you ignore without the need to forgive. Not the casual things you can - and do - tease them about (they’re part of your bond), but the darker things that would undermine a weaker friendship. What would happen if those thoughts were exposed? Are strong relationships based on honesty, or are white lies of omission necessary too? The little boy who declared the emperor was naked had nothing to lose; with our most intimate friends, everything is at stake. As TS Eliot wrote, “Unreal friendship may turn to real. But real friendship, once ended, cannot be mended.” That is the plot of Art. The context, and the bone of contention, is one character’s huge investment in a minimalist modern painting, and how that affects the longstanding, three-way friendship of Serge, Yvan and Marc. It is a painting with a white background and a few white diagonal lines. I was reminded of this Miro, of three white panels, each with a single (black) wiggly line - none of which touch the edge. It took two or three years of sketches for him to get it just right:One character is the arguably pretentious buyer, one is brazenly honest (calling the picture “shit”), and the other is the peacemaker who runs the risk of seeming two-faced. As Mark (with a K) asks in his excellent review (HERE), which character are you? Me? I’m Yvan. Comedy… or Tragedy?The original London production won a Laurence Olivier award for comedy, but in her acceptance speech, Reza joked that she thought she’d written a tragedy. It is both.So What is Art?I’ve discused that question in my review of Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That, HERE. For me, it’s about intention (to provoke a reaction) and relationship (the audience who react). Seeking Meaning and Purpose“Under the white clouds, snow is falling. You can’t see the white clouds, or the snow. Or the cold, or the white glow of the earth.” I’m reminded of almost the opposite: an old Rowan Atkinson sketch in which Sir Marcus Browning, M.P, refers to “the blind man, in the dark room, looking for a black cat… that isn't there.” That sketch also includes the memorable near-tongue-twister, “Purpose is what we’re striving for. We must have purpose. We mustn’t be purposeless. We mustn’t exhibit purposenessless. We must be purposelessnessless.”Seeking purpose can open us to ridicule, but it’s better than the tragedy of having nothing to aspire to.Image sourcesThree children walking off together: wise monkeys (hear, see, speak, and do no evil): Jean Miro’s Painting of a white background for the cell of a recluse:

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-08 19:54

    L'Art = Art, Yasmina Reza'Art' is a French-language play by Yasmina Reza that premiered on 28 October 1994 at Comédie des Champs-Élysées in Paris. The English-language adaptation, translated by Christopher Hampton, opened in London's West End on 15 October 1996, starring Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott, produced by David Pugh and Sean Connery, running for eight years.The story revolves around three upper middle class friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan—who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting. The canvas is white, with a few white lines, and highly valued among Serge's current circle of peers for ambiguous reasons. Serge is proud of his 200,000 franc acquisition, fully expecting the approval of his friends. However, Marc openly tries to convey his bemusement to Serge over his investment, while privately being bewildered at the purchase's implications and Serge's increasing dismissal. He goes to Yvan's apartment to discuss the matter, finding him searching frantically for a felt-tipped permanent marker. ...تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پانزدهم ماه آگوست سال 2000 میلادیعنوان: هنر؛ نویسنده: یاسمینا رضا؛ مترجم: داریوش مودبیان؛ ویراستار: پوپک راد؛ تهران، امیرخانی، 1378؛ در 121 ص؛ شابک: 9649213945؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، قاب، 1389؛ شابک: 9789647798112؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه از نویسندگان فرانسوی قرن 20 ممترجم: مهرنوش بهبودی؛ عباس کیارستمی؛ تهران، ماه ریز، 1378؛ در 87 ص؛ شابک: 9649214747؛ چاپ دوم 1380؛ هوشنگ حسامی و سحر داوری نیز این نمایشنامه را به همراه نمایشنامه مرد اتفاقی در سال 1382 هجری خورشیدی در 124 ص، در انتشارات تجربه منتشر کرده اند. ا. شربیانی

  • Mark Hebwood
    2019-05-12 21:44

    This only takes about an hour or so to read, and it is great fun. There are only three characters, Marc, Serge, and Yvan, and they spend the entire time bickering like an old married couple. To the characters, every word has a multitude of subtexts, hides a variety of insults and slights, expresses sarcasm and innuendo, real or imagined. Yes, it is possible to use the play as a prompt to think about modern art, and decide for yourself whether you side with Marc and think it is "shit", or with Serge who likes it, or with Yvan who doesent really have an opinion at all. But it's not about art, I don't think. It is about three friends who, over 15 years, have learnt to dislike some of the character traits of the others that they see as shortcomings, and who finally bring their differences out into the open in an explosive encounter. Amusingly, halfway through the play, I was asking myself who I am most like. I think the answer is I am a blend between Marc and Serge. I can tell you this is not a flattering insight... As a bit of fun, for those of you who have read it (or seen it performed), you may ask yourself what "Art"-character are you most like? But be warned, whatever the answer, it wont be a pleasant insight, unless the answer is "none".

  • Leo Robertson
    2019-05-04 18:07

    I only read this, then I saw a bit of a French production on Youtube and realised it was a comedy, aha!!I don't really get the art of the theatre much. Some people say masterpiece, I say upper class people bickering by repeating each other.This candle says you have a negative world view- A negative world view?- A negative world view!- That candle doesn't say I have a negative world view omg who cares. (made this bit up obvs)But perhaps that's just one more level the play works on XD

  • Mohammad Ali
    2019-05-01 00:47

    نمره ی واقعی: دو و نیمبرای من آدم ها مهم تر و جذاب تر بودند تا اون جدال بر سر کلاسیسیسم و مدرنیسم؛ به نظرم برای نویسنده هم همینطور بوده

  • Somayeh
    2019-05-15 18:42

    روابط بین آدمها چقدر میتونه پیچیده باشه! یه رابطه دوستی که سالها دوام داشته در عرض یک روز ممکنه به هم بریزه، جرقه‌اش میتونه هر چیزی باشه؛ اینجا یه تابلو نقاشی بود. اونوقته که طرفین بحث حقایقی رو برای هم رو می‌کنند که در شرایط عادی امکان نداشت ازش حرف بزنند، بعد متوجه میشن که بیشتر مواقع داشتن به هم دروغ میگفتن یا دست‌کم حرف دلشون رو نمی‌زدن!عجیب موجودیه این آدمیزاد!

  • Chris
    2019-04-29 18:46

    I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love this play, have since I first saw. Every time I see a white painting, I laughed. This audio version is wonderful and will have people looking at you as you burst into laughter.Truth about friendships and art. This audio includes talks with translator and actors. Brillant!

  • Deirdre
    2019-05-18 21:58

    Many of the negative reviews here seem to have come from people who have never seen the play performed. I don't know how I'd have reacted to the script if I'd read it before seeing the play in performance but I bought the text the first time I saw it with the original London cast of Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay and Ken Stott. It was truly one of the greatest evenings I've spent in the theatre. I saw the play twice more with fresh casts each time and whilst the third casting wasn't quite up to the standard set by the first, all performances were enjoyable and each brought out slightly different things from the play.It is such a thrill to see something that engages the audience and requires it to actually think rather than just wash over it. I loved the play's dual issues: the nature of art and the dynamics of friendship.I feel so sorry for those who have failed to appreciate this play and all I can suggest is that they go see a good production with a great cast.

  • Leslie
    2019-04-28 19:58

    Amusing play that on the surface is about whether a painting which is completely white can be considered art but underneath is about the friendship between 3 men. This play is best when viewed (as I was lucky enough to do several years ago); some of the humor may not come through in the print edition. In this full cast recording of a live performance of the play, there were some places when the audience laughs but the reason is not clear to the listener.

  • Sookie
    2019-05-16 23:40

    ..... when I gush over Kandinsky and my mom says "Its just blobs and color patches and squiggly lines...."

  • Kenny
    2019-05-16 17:49

    Somehow, “ART” escaped my reading list for all these years. I remember when it came out and the wonderful things I’d heard about it, but I never made to Serge’s apartment. But reading it now, so many years after it appeared made me appreciate it all the more. My perspective has changed over the years. Now, I understand all three men, and I can relate to each one of them. I saw parts of each of them in myself. I understood.Art raises a whole series of unresolved questions about modern art. Serge buys an apparently pure white canvas by a fashionable artist for 200,000 francs. His old chum, Marc, think it’s a piece of hud. Yves, their common friend, tries to reconcile their views and only succeeds in antagonizing both of them. Reza clearly asks whether aesthetics is now inextricably confused with market value: when we read that a painting has been sold for countless millions in the auction room, do we somehow rate it more highly? Reza also explores the connection between taste and friendship. Is it possible to enjoy a real relationship with someone whose views on art, books, or theatre for that matter, are radically different from our own? If you embrace modernism, and I’m a traditionalist – as happens with Serge and Marc – is there any real foundation for friendship?ART raises one of drama’s eternal questions: how much truth and honesty human beings can stand. The play starts with Marc bluntly spitting out his views: it ends with Serge telling a necessary lie in order to preserve their relationship. Reza is examining whether private relationships and public affairs depend upon a certain skilful hypocrisy. Reza’s point is that we only continue to function as social beings by playing the accepted rules of the game.

  • Samane
    2019-05-08 22:56

    توصیف‌های خوبی از کتاب شنیده بودم و سطح انتظارم خیلی بالا رفته بود. می‌تونم بگم خوب بود اما نه در حد انتظارم!

  • Gareth
    2019-05-13 22:53

    When Serge spends a fortune on a piece of modern art, his friend Marc is horrified and tells him so. Then Marc goes to their mutual friend Yvan to gain his support, only for Yvan to sympathise with Serge. Over the course of an evening, the three men's discussion becomes a war zone as everyone reveals long buried resentments and fears.A piece of pure theatre that wouldn't work as well in any other medium. It is an interesting little meditation on friendship, especially male friends. How much do we value our friends for who they really are? Are we more bothered about what they mean to us and how we can use them? How much of a person's identity is made up by themselves and how much is acting a part for others? Can any relationship survive brutal honesty?If there's a problem with the play it is the artificiality of the story, which stops it becoming as powerful as it may be. But there are plenty of insightful thoughts about friendship and the bloody flaws inside the seemingly most rational and educated of people.Its certainly made me keen to see a production.

  • Phillip
    2019-05-18 22:00

    I think Reza is one of the most brilliant playwrights writing today. This is the second play of hers I've read--the first was God of Carnage--and I've seen both performed. What I find so incredible is the way Reza structures conflict in a series of crescendos. The up and down motion of her conflict is more evident in God of Carnage, but in Art the action rises quickly, plateaus, and then rises again, plateaus, and rises, until in the final moments of the play there is a resolution, which is undercut or destabilized at the last minute. The tight way she moves action across various levels of tension is extremely impressive, almost mirroring the painting which is the catalyst for the conflict in this play. The painting in question is white with white stripes. The difference is subtle, but it is definitely there. I think the same goes for Reza's shifts in the tone of her conflicts--they are subtle shifts but they structure the play and pull it together into an effective coherence.

  • Verónica Laeddis
    2019-04-28 21:41

    Creo que esta obra de teatro es una lectura obligatoria para todos aquellos que disfruten del arte y, especialmente, para aquellos que observen el arte moderno con cierta reticencia. Podría decirse que el personaje principal de la novela es un cuadro, y que a partir de la relación entre tres amigos y sus argumentaciones respecto a la tela, se nos muestran las tres opiniones más tipificadas sobre el arte contemporáneo. El final me patina mucho, puesto que el cuadro pasa a un segundo plano y todo parece volverse un conflicto personal que nada tiene que ver con el arte. Pero aún y así, los diálogos exponen tres ideologías diferentes de forma clara y concisa, y la forma en que se entremezclan estas tres opiniones en forma de constante debate es excelente.

  • Brittany Petruzzi
    2019-05-07 22:53

    "Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly."So said Ben Brantley in 2009 about Yasmina Reza's second Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage. I'm almost certain that had I read Carnage instead of seeing its brilliance on stage, I would have found myself as annoyed at the horrible people before me as I was when reading 'Art'.The thing is, just when you think you've had enough of Reza's letting these people have at one another for no good reason, she hits you across the face with the point of it all. For 'Art' it's questioning the nature of friendships--what they mean and how they work, or, more often, don't work. As in Carnage, Reza's method is subtle and devoid of preachiness. Just what I want in a play.

  • Israel Montoya Baquero
    2019-05-15 23:02

    No soy yo mucho de leer teatro, la verdad, pero tengo que reconocer que esta obra me ha encantado. Vale que el tema me toca bastante, pero me parece magistral (y divertidísima) la aproximación de Reza a la problemática del "arte contemporáneo" y sus circustancias. Pero, ¿es de lo único que habla esta dramaturga de origén francés en "Arte"? Obviamente no, y la excusa de la compra de un cuadro, sirve para explorar el complicado mundo de las relaciones humanas, ese "somos quien somos en base a como nos relacionamos con los demás"...Increible

  • Merilee
    2019-05-04 20:59

    4.5 starsThree long-time friends getting their knickers into various twists over one of their number's purchases of a white on white painting for 200,000 francs. The existential angst which ensues is brilliantly and wittily enacted in Serge's living room. This is Sarte meeets Feydeau. I read this 80-page play en francais, and will see it performed in English on Tuesday in Toronto.

  • Judine
    2019-04-29 23:56

    I found this to be a quick, delightful read. The banter between the three men seemed natural and well-paced. I also thought the breaking of the fourth wall was handled very smoothly and effectively. That said, most of the swearing was superfluous, and that really put me off.

  • Gill
    2019-05-02 20:08

    I read this for a group read, but really didn't like it at all. I didn't see the point. It was worth reading because I can now join in the discussion, so there is one benefit to reading it.My favourite character was Yvan.

  • Joan Sebastián Araujo Arenas
    2019-05-08 21:44

    El propósito de Arte probablemente sólo sea el servir de punto de partida. No sólo para aquello que los personajes declaran y defienden dentro de la historia, sino para cualquier reflexión ―divagación― posterior que surja a partir de su puesta en escena o de su lectura. De modo pues que, lo que sea que hayan querido decir realmente los personajes, lo que sea que haya querido retratar la autora, lo que sea que se supone que debemos entender todos sobre Arte, da igual. Lo que es lo mismo que afirmar, junto a un sofista famoso, que «todas las opiniones son válidas», es decir, que el hombre es la medida de todas las cosas. Esta obra es mera provocación, no aspira más que a ello.Sin embargo, hay quien dice que este diálogo es una feroz crítica del arte contemporáneo, y parece creerlo sin atisbo a duda alguna. Si la ironía o el sarcasmo pasara por crítica, quizá sería admisible la confusión. Pero ese no es el caso, al menos para unos pocos buenos amigos ―quienes consideran que la crítica es un conservar y superar continuos―. Pero que Arte no sea precisamente aquello que dicen que es no le resta importancia alguna, claro que no. Es, de nuevo, mera sugestión, mera provocación. Una invitación indiscreta a la discusión.IVÁN: [...] ya no soporto ningún discurso racional, todo lo que ha hecho que el mundo sea el mundo, todo lo que ha sido bello y grande en este mundo, no ha nacido nunca de un discurso racional.Respecto a si la historia es «actual» o no, teniendo en cuenta la definición dada por Arturo Uslar Pietri en una de sus obras, podría decirse que es «contemporánea», pero no por ello «actual». Términos que no están dispuestos en relación de implicación alguna, puesto que ser «contemporáneo» no es condición suficiente ni necesaria para ser «actual» (ni viceversa). Arte es mero entretenimiento...MARCOS: Has dicho modernísimo, como si moderno fuera el non plus ultra del halago. Como si, hablando de algo, no se pudiera llegar a más, lo máximo, lo más alto: moderno.Por momentos, sin embargo, pareciera que sí tuviera algo que decir. Hay alguna que otra re-formulación, entre las cuales está una que representa aquello de lo que hablaba Edgar Morin en el prólogo de su Introducción al pensamiento complejo respecto a las «palabras maestras», cuando los personajes de Arte se dicen mutuamente:MARCOS: Cálmate...IVÁN: ¡No me digas cálmate! No tengo ninguna razón para calmarme, si quieres volverme loco, dime ¡cálmate! ¡Cálmate es lo peor que se le puede decir a alguien que ha pedido la calma!También, por otro lado, aquella re-formulación que parece ser un elogio discreto de la noción completa leibniziana ―donde el sujeto es considerado en el conjunto de atributos que le definen, entre los cuales se incluyen la propia existencia de las demás personas― y el existencialismo humanista sartreano ―donde el «otro» es el garante de lo que «soy», donde la mirada del «otro» es un momento esencial, donde el «otro» es necesario―: IVÁN (leyendo lo que le dijo Hoffermayer): «Si yo soy yo porque soy yo, y tú eres tú porque eres tú, yo soy yo y tú eres tú. Si, por el contrario, yo soy yo porque tú eres tú, y tú eres tú porque yo soy yo, entonces ni yo soy yo ni tú eres tú...»Pero, de nuevo, estas son sólo palabras fugaces, expresiones vacías colocadas allí a propósito para hacer de Arte algo contemporáneo, pero no algo actual:La actualización no es la simple contemporaneidad, sino que la capacidad de la obra de convertirse en experiencia para el espectador. Un teatro inactual, es decir, un teatro que no actúe sobre el espectador, no pasaría de ser un mero juego gratuito, un pasatiempo, un «divertissement». Si al espectador se le pone en presencia de hechos y de palabras que carecen de significación para él, aunque se refieran a sus coetáneos y conocidos, el teatro carecerá de actualidad (p. 16 de Chúo Gil y otras obras)

  • Nellie Airoldi
    2019-05-10 21:44

    51 pagine divine che raccontano tre persone, tre piccoli mondi che si intrecciano e si perdono per ricostruire un'amicizia destinata a perdersi con lo scorrere del tempo. Un battibecco esilarante e incalzante che lascia con il fiato sospeso e immerge il lettore fino al midollo. Perché questi tre microcosmi, inesorabilmente, si collidono e si auto distruggono. Perché non è solo un quadro ma è l'eterno scontro tra moderno e contemporaneo che cresce e va a toccare tutte le sfumature dell'animo umano. In una parola, imperdibile. (E pensare che dalle recensioni pare sia l'opera di minor rilevanza, chapeau!)

  • Sara Mazzoni
    2019-05-07 19:58

    Molto prima di Il dio del massacro (2006) Yasmina Reza scrive Arte (1994), pièce affine e complementare alla successiva. In Arte abbiamo tre personaggi che si confrontano mettendo a nudo i meccanismi della loro amicizia. Si intravede l’affetto, ma anche molta sopraffazione. Reza usa l’espediente del dibattito sul valore artistico di un quadro bianco dipinto a righe bianche per passare ai raggi X questi rapporti, definendoli infine con onestà come insanabili nelle disfunzioni, ma ugualmente solidi.

  • Shahine Ardeshir
    2019-04-27 23:43

    True genius often lies in the ability to express extremely important, seemingly-complicated concepts in extremely simple, accessible terms. That is exactly what this play does.In a few short acts, with only three characters, Reza paints portraits that are so human, so hard hitting and instinctively understandable that she needs very little else in terms of props or story. And the insights she's able to generate for the reader are again so powerful and yet so simple.Sheer genius. I would strongly recommend a read.

  • Marci
    2019-04-22 17:08

    hmmmm. I think I preferred God of Carnage to Art, just because I felt there was no real peak and trough they all seemed to flow along quite calmly. I did like Yvan's monologue/rant 3/4 of the way through, I think the way she writes is very clever and natural and I love seeing that in plays because it makes things so real and yet she manages to make them deep and meaningful. this is a play that needs to be performed.

  • ZaRi
    2019-04-21 19:46

    ایوان: تو خیال می کنی از پوشه یا نوارچسب خوشم میاد. خیال می کنی آدم طبیعی یه روز خوشحال و خندون از خواب بلند میشه بره کلاسور و کاور اوراق اداری بفروشه؟ انتظار دارید چی کار بکنم؟ چهل ساله که مسخره بازی درآوردم شما رو خندوندم. بله معلومه. با مسخره بازی ام همه ی دوستها رو می خندودم اما شب کی مثل یه موش تنهاست؟ کی تنها و بی کس هر شب می تپه تو سوراخش؟ این دلقک که تا حد مرگ تنهاست هر شیء سخن گویی رو که روشن می کنه پیغام کی روی منشی تلفنه؟ مادرش. مادرش و باز هم مادرش.

  • Black Elephants
    2019-05-21 18:07

    In trying to write about friendship, I returned to Yasmina Reza's interesting study of what binds us to each other and what expectations weave those binds together. Art opens with a monologue by Marc who describes a painting his best friend Serge bought for $200,000. The play ends in the same way. Both points are different, and probably the reason why I love Art a lot.

  • Ivan
    2019-04-28 18:51

    A succint, minimalistic play featuring modern archetypes, just like the imaginary object of dispute, described within.

  • Sunshine
    2019-05-17 01:04

    Infuriatingly hilarious relationship tensions bubble up between three friends.Emotions are running high so for goodness sake don't mention the painting!Brilliantly performed.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-05 22:57

    Decidedly French.