Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Contemporary Art Has No Future

Basquiat's Untitled, sold for 57 million in 2016

Any valuable object, in order to appeal to our sense of beauty must conform to the requirements of beauty and expensiveness both. This cannon of expensiveness also affects our tastes in such a way as inextricably to blend the mark of expensiveness… with the beautiful features of the object and to subsume the resultant effect under the head of an appreciation of beauty simply. — Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class. 

My piece for The Miami Rail here. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

How "craft" fights back "not making"

Nôtre-Dame, Paris (central entrance door)

The right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this: Was it done with enjoymentwas the carver happy while he was about it?– John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture.