Post #1235 • September 23, 2008, 12:25 PM • 16 Comments
Art is not something you get, like a punch line. Art is not something you understand, like the details of a financial transaction. And while Robert Hughes hardly needs my defense, having received it in grander measures that I could ever deliver from Fugitive Ink, it may be that art could benefit from a bit of defense from writers like you who want to reduce it to punch lines and financial transactions. Yes, Damien Hirst has succeeded in becoming the ultimate sellout. But Hirst is just the largest tumor on a sick patient who is otherwise capable of loftier aspirations, some of the most sublime products of human effort, in fact. The rest of us haven't given up on her yet. I tend to think of you as part of the cynical past. Hughes, for all his noted decline, even for his love of tradition, adheres to principles better suited to a future that contains art worth looking at.