Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hirst, Banksy, Guyton, innovation, Monet, Renoir, Degas

Banksy on Hirst

Dear Helene,

To make you smile, (if you don't know it): Banksy about Hirst. For Hirsts sensationalism I feel a strong dislike. More strong opinion! I saw Wade Guyton's huge letterprints in the Whitney Museum in 2012 and had was reminded of the emperor's new clothes.

Something strange with Renoir. I'm not fond of his work (though I like his portrait of Sisley). But what surprises me, Renoir was an important innovator. But his paintings feel very old school to me. Just like Monet's. I dont feel at all the same about Degas and several contemporaries. Is the quality of innovation less durabel than the quality of the work? Or is it just personal taste? We look with our past and genes, I suspect. No escape.

Renoir: Portrait of Sisley, ca. 1875


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