Saturday, January 12, 2013

Two theories of art in the New York Times

From Eric at the New School:
""A YOUNG woman embarking on an art career now has a better chance of succeeding than her grandmother did. But the day that any woman earns the big bucks that men like Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst rake in is still a long way off. Sexism is probably a good enough explanation for inequities in the market. But might it also have something to do with the nature of the art that women tend to make?"

"Herein lies the paradox. Black artists did not invent assemblage. In its modern form it was developed by white artists like Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, David Smith and Robert Rauschenberg." I wonder if white men (Cecil Rhodes, perhaps?) also invented the African art that Picasso used as a model for his own work?