Waldemar Januszczak produces a really thoughtful piece of hostile commentary in the Sunday Times of 8th January. It contained several really apposite truths about the misbegotten status of words in contemporary art. The one aspect of Berger that stuck in one's craw was his incessant promotion of Marxism, not so much a way of seeing as yet another way of attitudinising art as issues. The older one gets the more one distrusts other peoples's feelings when talking about art.
Which brings us to the value judgements in the New Years Honours list. If this list does one thing it illustrates very clearly how state art is all the art that we are offered and we deserve so much more and so much better than this list of artists.
New Years Honour’s List Services To The Arts 2017
Chris Ofili CBE services to the arts
Patrick Brill (Bob & Roberta Smith) OBE services to the art
This designer, whose colourful lettering is not out of place in a primary school and whose loud utterances on art education have done some harm.
Mildly diverting Conceptual artist of severely limited interest also Lisson gallery stable
Don McCullin For Services To Photography KBE
Arguably the best photographer the UK has produced.
David Adjaye, lead architect of the Smithsonian’s new museum of African
Doing his jobsworth!
Rosemary Greenlees Executive Director Crafts Council OBE
She has done a lot of real good for promotion of the world of crafts
Jennifer Waldman Director Of Imperial War Museum CBE
Again a good sound choice.