I wish I'd known to travel around in the 1960's buying up all those old Tiffany lamps people had up in their attics.
I remember seeing a major work by Leighton in the windows of a Bond Street dealer c.1970. They wanted less than £1000 for it. Now it would probably go for a six or seven figure sum.
I feel a call back to the spirit of Arts and Crafts:
“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
― William Morris
Not sure whether everything needs to both beautiful AND useful though, otherwise we'd have to throw out every painting except those that cover up a dirty mark on the paintwork.
I look at Morris's papers and the mass-produced ones he hated so much and, frankly, I can't see that much of a difference.
Morris was a fine poet though. I love his early stuff.
Obviously we need a Great War to categorically open a chasm between our era and that of modernism.
Joking (obvs). 1989 and 2001 were supposed to be exactly such turning points, ushering in the radically different post-modern, but it seems as though capitalism and late modernity carry blithely on nonetheless. And Modernism continues to be relevant as a response.
It'll come though. I'm sure it will. I think the looming financial catalyst may prove the catalyst.
I'm tired of living in the 20th century.
Someone to rid us of talentless 'installment artists' would be a good start!
Where's the "like" button when you really really need it?
I sense change in the air.
For instance, I think Damien Hirst has been found out.
Change - and you shall be its prophet!
Wouldn't that be nice :)
Of course I haven't the faintest idea where the change is coming from.
I like your style!
I wish we'd -just- see something new in pop music but it seems locked into the current money making paradigm.
It'll come. And when it does it'll surprise us- just as the Beatles did.
Actually, I went to Lechtenstein at the Tate, and am going to see the Bowie exhibition at the V and A. Are you saying that people should not be encouraged to appreciate artists that tapped into a zeitgeist? I'll remember that next time someone starts ranting on about why Mozart and Handel should be appreciated...oh, and the Renaissance artists too.
No, I'm not saying that at all.
What I'm saying is I'm surprised these mid 20th century hero figures are still in fashion. I'd have expected them to go through an eclipse- as the comparable figures of the Victorian period did at the beginning of the 20th century.
Well, I guess it just goes to show that what is considered good art never goes out of fashion.