Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fleet Footed - Christopher Allen in The Australian

In his rather scathing review of the Yinka Shonibare show at MCA, Christopher Allen offers the following gems of wisdom...
The fundamental quality shared by all good art is the sense of something - meaning, perception, truth - emerging from a point beyond the light of everyday reason. It is this insight that is inseparable from the material form of the works, and that cannot be paraphrased or reduced to a more pedestrian form, that makes us want to remain with a piece, to commune with the understanding it embodies.

This is the trouble with art school. It turns a bright boy with a talent [for period frocks] into a self-conscious artist who is led to believe that these activities can be raised to a different level by associating them with fashionable theory.

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