Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci (image © Queen Elizabeth II/V&A)
Here are a few things that rise above the current (but ever popular) cult of mediocrity:
Walter Robinson points out out why
Murakami kicks just so much ass
on ArtNet, the secret to his talent is his
G E N E R O S I T Y. He doesn't put on airs of passive aggressive shyness and
gives others a chance to shine. One can be great and generous, no other living
artist on the planet comes close to this kind of effect and Ill be there for
his mid career retrospective at MOCA a year from now.
Where Americans got all soft when adopting the kawaii (cute) culture, Murakami
(and the original Japanese version) had teeth.
Also, Artinfo had an
interview with John McCracken
a while back, a brilliant artist of the asymptote
(lines that reference infinity).
And last but not least Leonardo's (no not the Ninja Turtle) show at the V
& A gives Adrain Searle a mental workout
. Somehow da Vinci makes others
raise the bar for themselves and Searle's quick phrase of "knight'-move
thinker" has me smiling. In these times when people consider mere sincerity
an adequate stand in for intellectual acuity this does my heart some good.
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