Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I still don't believe it.
It turns out that I may actually like the art critic, Jed Perl's perspective on contemporary art...even though I don't always agree with his examples. How did this happen...he drove me crazy a couple years ago with his naysaying about a couple of my favourite painters. Now I am excited to read his latest articles in The New Republic when they come out. I must remember to thank my friend Greg for turning me on to him. Thanks Greg! (who I wish would start a blog)
So when the real painting, which had been lost for 160 years, turned up--as the Times reported, "in the corner of a small sitting room in an English country house"--I felt as if I were in a story, perhaps by Calvino or Nabokov, and could not quite tell what was fantasy, what actuality. The very idea that this little masterpiece--a tiny thing, not much more than a foot high--was discovered in a dusty corner of a minor English country house is the stuff of fiction, at least of a Sherlock Holmes story, or perhaps one of Henry James's dark tales of art and inheritance. writes Perl about the discovery of a 160 year old missing painting...
A couple weeks ago, Perl wrote a brilliant article called Nihlism and Capitalism in The Art World for The New Republic, click the yellow text...for anyone who likes art...hates art...or wants to learn a little about it this is a must read.
The above image is Watteau's 18th Century painting La Surprise.