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“The F Word”

I’m not sure what was more interesting: this article or the lap it did around my Facebook friends.  There were speculations about this conflict being faked for media attention and free publicity.  I thought it over since yesterday, and maybe there is more at stake than the usual Traditional Artist versus Conceptual Artist with Atelier debate. 

The Conceptualists [Koons, Hirst, et al] want to stake their claim to art history, and the one thing that frightens them is to be labeled with “The F Word” – to be labeled as a fad.  If the fad label stuck, they would be a mere less than a century long flash in the pan of millenniums of art history.  That would be embarrassing, even posthumously, because cave painting was in vogue much longer.

The Telegraph

Damien Hirst’s work is an insult to craftsmen, says David Hockney

David Hockney has criticised Damien Hirst, saying it is “insulting” to craftsmen if artists do not put together their own work.

Artists David Hockney (left) and Damien Hirst Photo: Clara Molden/AFP/Getty Images

8:45AM GMT 03 Jan 2012

Hockney, 74, whose major exhibition of landscapes opens this month, said he disapproves of artists who employ others to make their creations.

A poster for his show at the Royal Academy reads: “All the works here were made by the artist himself, personally.”

Asked if he was referring to Hirst, whose works include a human skull covered with 8,601 diamonds and a shark suspended in formaldehyde, Hockney nodded and said: “It’s a little insulting to craftsmen, skilful craftsmen.”

He told Radio Times: “I used to point out at art school, you can teach the craft, it’s the poetry you can’t teach. But now they try to teach the poetry and not the craft.”

Hirst has defended using assistants to make his spot paintings, saying that they could do the work better as he found it boring to paint them himself.

Hockney quoted a Chinese saying that to paint “you need the eye, the hand and the heart. Two won’t do”.

Hockney, who returned to his native Yorkshire after decades in California, has been working on his latest show for more than three years.

“There was quite a lot of work, but I’m an opportunist. We rose to the occasion,” he said.

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture spans a 50-year period to show the artist’s fascination with landscape.

The show will include a display of his iPad drawings and a series of films produced using 18 cameras.

Hockney was appointed a member of the Order of Merit by the Queen at the weekend.

The honour is presented to individuals of great achievement in arts, learning, literature, science and other areas such as public service.


Categories: Art History, Uncategorized
  1. January 14, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Yes it is a fantasy

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