Robert Hughes - "A
bastion against cultural obscenity"
In a speech delivered
to the Royal Academy June 2004, the critic Robert Hughes calls for
a revitalised Royal Academy to defend art against the degrading power
of the wealthy collectors. A man not who speaks his mind clearly
and well - thankfully free from jargon and the obfuscation of academic
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on Bhuj / Malcolm McNeill.
Bhuj was off the tourist trail. Not famous for it’s simple ancient buildings
Bhuj wasn’t on route to anywhere except the remarkable villages of Kutch
and the vast salt fields to the north. Kutchi shawls and weaving is highly
sought after for the boldness of it’s design and the beauty of its embroidery,
often inlaid with mirrors. The people of Bhuj were some of the sweetest I have
ever met: some of my happiest memories as a traveller, center in and around
that area of Gujurat. How tragic that it has been devastated by one of the
biggest earthquakes India has yet seen. The beautiful city totally flattened
and so many of those gracious people gone.
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Arthur Wollheim, Philosopher. 5 May 1923 - 4 Nov 2003
Brilliant philosopher engaged with the
interaction of art and psychoanalysis.
Obituary by Arthur
Richard Wollheim, who has died aged 80, belonged in the top echelon
of thinkers who redefined the practice of his subject in Britain and
the United States after the second world war. In terms both of the
clarity of his writing and the acuity and ingenuity of his arguments,
he embodied the
virtues of analytical philosophy. But in terms of what engaged him
as a philosopher, he stood far closer than any of his peers to continental
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it gets the fewer of us know it".
Brown - jazz bassist.
"No great artist ever sees things as
they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist".
my life I have worked to be able to earn my living, but I thought
that one could do good painting without attracting attention to one's
private life. Certainly, an artist wishes to raise himself intellectually
as much as possible, but the man must remain obscure. The pleasure
must be found in the work".
just wanted to find out where the boundaries were. I've found
out there aren't any. I wanted to be
stopped but no one will stop me.
Damien Hirst. British Artist
have attached great value to drawing and will continue to do so,
because it is the backbone of painting,
skeleton that supports all the rest".
In the 45 years
that I've been writing criticism there has been a tragic depreciation
the traditional skills of painting and drawing, the nuts and
bolts of the profession".
Robert Hughes - art critic.
" Art wordlings regarded popularity as skill's
live-in slut. Popularity meant shallowness. Rejection by the public
meant depth. And truly hostile rejection meant greatness" Tom
"He hurried away
from the incidental music of life". Adrian
Stokes, of Cezanne.
has long been a disturbing tendency among jazz aficionados to regard
innovation in the music as "progress", a practice that
sends the musicians
have supposedly been supplanted into the outer darkness".
Whitney Balliet - Jazz critic for New Yorker