Post #453 • January 13, 2005, 6:42 AM • 34 Comments
Rachel Campbell-Johnston for the (UK) Times (via Artsjournal): We are witnessing the triumph of painting, so the admen tell me.
As the Saatchi Gallery starts to hang the first of a series of three exhibitions which, over the course of the year, will be dedicated to contemporary painting, The Triumph of Painting is being enthusiastically trumpeted. Other dealers are already preparing to follow suit. An art form commonly reported to be on its last legs is about to skip jauntily back into the aesthetic arena. The tortoise of tradition catches up with the hare of technology. The old-fashioned canvas overtakes newfangled conceptualism. Or does it? I would not start peeling the champagne foil yet.
Where's my copy of the I Ching? Ah, here we go. Fu, "return":
After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is a movement, but it is not brought about by force. The upper trigram K'un is characterized by devotion; thus the movement is natural, arising spontaneously. For this reason the transformation of the old becomes easy. The old is discarded and the new is introduced. Both measures accord with the time; therefore no harm results. Societies of people sharing the same views are formed. But since these groups come together in full public knowledge and are in harmony with the time, all selfish separatist tendencies are excluded, and no mistake is made. The idea of return [Fu] is based on the course of nature. The movement is cyclic, and the course completes itself. Therefore it is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time. This is the meaning of heaven and earth.