Monday, July 27, 2009

Artiste maudit?

"High art" has been retreating into the difficult, the artistic, and the painful, into refined ugliness, artful brutalities and calculated incomprehensibility, into the tragically complex and the bewilderingly capricious. Aesthetic postmodernity gives us an art of poisoned confectionery.-- Peter Sloterdijk, Critique of Cynical Reason.

The role of the artiste maudit* has run its course to become simply the new orthodoxy: empty, vacuous, self-indulgent and pointless.
-- Sue Hubbard "Men Behaving Badly," for New Stateman, 2006.
*Damien Hirst's The Immaculate Heart-Lost, Bull's heart, Gold-plated steel, Acrylic, Silver barbed wire, Dagger, Textile dye and Steel Plinth. Sold for £505,000.