I went to the art gallery on the weekend and saw the Picasso To Warhol
Firstly, I'm not a huge fan of modern art. I don't get excited about it at all.
I recognise its value to art and society in general. I understand the concepts and the questions it asks and the boundaries it pushes, but it doesn't amaze me or leave me in awe.
In fact, walking out of the exhibition, I felt bemused and a little annoyed. A victory for the modern artist, yes, but I was upset that these people will forever be remembered by the civilised world for basically pointing out how fixed, flawed and mundane our perspective is. Not only that, but their grandchildren, copyright holders and wealthy benefactors are raking in truckloads of money in merchandise etc.
Some of the pieces I looked at were such enormous displays of arrogance and banality, that I just wanted to laugh, go home and smear my own poopcakes on a canvas.. you know.. for the irony
. When did the priority shift from expression and talent to just rickin'-frackin' with the frame? And will it ever really shift back, or are we too self-aware now?
Anyhoo, this wasn't meant to be a dissertation on the value of modern art and its enduring effects.
It's been so long since I studied Warhol and that whole scene.. Perhaps when I was younger I found that art-punk-nihilism alluring or valuable. Not so at this point in my life.
What I did find interesting were some of Picasso's earliest works.. and, surprisingly, some of Pollock's works.
I mean, when you're looking at something as imposing as this, you just think..
How did he decide it was finished? I don't mean that in an entirely facetious way, either.
"One more splash over here... yes. Done. It is complete."
That man must have a fascinating head.
Some of the sculptures were really quite incredible, too.
Sadly, I have to wait another few months for the exhibition to move on and something else to pop up.
All you lucky Europeans with your easy access to incredible art.. It's such a massive undertaking, trucking all of that guff over to this part of the world.
I need to start setting some financial goals, so I can furtively infiltrate your artsy places.
So yes. Art.