Andre Wallace

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mega Hubris at Venice Biennale

So over at the Venice Biennale the usual suspect has shown the results of the influence of the hubristic talent that goes by the name of Jeff Koons. Ten years in the making but not made by the usual suspect we have the mega promotion of a truly truly gargantuan effort. Belief is everything, we are lectured to by himself. It amuses to reflect upon the influence of Catholic churches doctrines upon YBA art via reprobate Michael Craig Martin whose oak tree riffed the catholic mass. Now we have the usual suspect telling us that it is all down to divine self belief. Only this serves to point up the real weakness of the kitsch whose meaning and content is rooted in celebrity culture rather than in any original aspects of real world. One effort is so completely lacking in aesthetic awareness it seems that image 9 here is taking undue liberties with our little knowledge of barbie. This playing with content happens throughout the show and achieves nothing of any import.

Nevertheless, no-one has ever made such a gargantuan effort to retrieve their artistic reputation. It remains to be seen whether it will work? Even the blessed Sooke is less than impressed with this show in the Telegraph:

"At first, I was willing to suspend my disbelief, and play along with the whole farrago: after all, there’s something so gloriously demented about The Warrior and the Bear, so exultantly absurd, that my jaw hit the polished-concrete floor. Its aesthetic channels Jeff Koons circa 1988 (indeed, references abound to Koons’s infamous Banality sculptures), but amped up and bejewelled, if such a thing is possible. I grinned, and thought: well, at least Hirst has been having a blast, over the past decade, preparing for this show."

On a lesser note the RSPCA have accused Hirst of destroying too many lives in the pursuit of his art.

The Financial Times gets it exactly right with the concluding commentary at:

The Saatchi gallery is trying to convince us that selfies are art, but they are not even close -unless they are staid artist's self portraits. The boring truth is that selfies are a mirror to the faux celebrity culture we inhabit where everyone is a 15 minutes facebook aspiring star of self interest, but it's usually self absorption of no real interest except to the perpetrator. Phone cameras have a lot to answer for.

On a sounder note Richard Long is exhibiting at Houghton Hall.

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