Sunday, June 15, 2008

At Guardian Arts, Germaine Greer muses on the role of the artist's muse, and I am really enjoying the thoughts on virtuosity and nostalgia brought up by David Cohen in his reviews of Walton Ford and Neo Rauch:
"What should be made of the conservatism of artists such as Walton Ford and Neo Rauch, who are subjects of shows of new work in Chelsea right now?

The art world that prizes these men’s work is a self-consciously cutting edge milieu that is far removed from political conservatism, and yet these artists’ success is thanks in no small measure to bravura displays of skill in traditional idioms, to a fond nostalgia for past worlds that produced such styles and the competence to execute them. "


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