Friday, November 23, 2007

Not really ...

... Is modern art a left-wing conspiracy? It's merely complacent and conformist.

"Although the political compass is changing, so-called radical artists usually stick to what’s comfortable."

By the way, I happen to think that John Singer Sargent's Gassed is a far more graphic and moving take on war than Guernica.


  1. I think too of Goya, and of Wilfred Owen.

    I think the thing to remember is that many artists do respond to their times, while others for various reasons ignore topical subjects and seek to be universal and eternal.

    But I don't think there's a conspiracy. A conspiracy requires organization and consensus agreement on basic values. You certainly can't get a roomful of artists to agree on much beyond the fact that they all are making art, and even then, it can be contentious about what "art" really is!

  2. Yeah, Art, I have to agree. Conspiracy theories of anything tend to be crap.