+ Art doesnt save souls, but the best of
it does have a cathartic effect, as Aristotle
said, that is, makes us conscious of unconscious
fantasy by way of a complex process of symbolization
+ Perversion was implicit in modern art from the
beginning, and remains a vital factor in it today.
In fact, one can regard modern art as by and large
the history of the representation of perversion.
had too much respect for the feelings of human
beings to turn them into grotesque, hostile monsters,
did. It is also the reason Modiglianis figures
are never menacing and confrontational, but seem
to recede into the private space of their inner
+ In attempting to establish certain art as more
legitimate and necessary than other art, history
writing implicitly privileges some art as more
creative and ideologically correct than other
art, however much writing history itself may be
a creative interpretive and as such artistic act,
and also an ideological act.
Gogh, among others, believed in the religion
of art, which, whatever else it involved, made
it clear that art is more than the sum of its
material characteristics and not simply a reflection
of everyday life.
+ Childrens art and the art of the insane..
so-called outsider art in general..
has outlived its usefulness as a model. The New
Old Masters have turned to more mature, sane art
for a model, both emotionally and aesthetically.
+ Crotch shots and sexual farces are a dime a
dozen in our society, for the crotch has been
devalued, along with sexuality, which has become
the most marketable and cheapest commodity around.
+ There may be a history of modern art and a history
of traditional art, but there can be no history
of postmodern art, for the radically contemporary
can never be delimited by any single historical