Monday, December 22, 2008


Making pretty pictures is easy. The real struggle lies in trying to imbue them with meaning, to have them evoke thought and emotion, to widen our grasp of the world, to extend the limits of our aesthetics. That whole baggage of theory with which the past century has weighed down art, in other words. Have you heard that painting is dead, again? That's the third time in my lifetime. For some peculiar reason photography and performance art have shown no inclination of dying every other decade. Perhaps because neither of them has such an addiction to wallowing in pure beauty as painting. Beauty always attracts bloodthirsty theorists with their KITSCH brands...

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