A Motley Miscellany....
article about the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition online now!
It’s not real if you don’t feel it – but what is ‘it’ and what is ‘real’ and who’s to say anyway?
A wise woman once sang “It’s not real if you don’t feel it”* and as far as the arts are concerned it’s as good a measure of quality as anything. But what is “it” that you are feeling? Is everyone feeling the same thing? Clearly not.
Constructive Misanthropy: Wyndham Lewis – Tyros & Portraits
It’s not just ‘the general public’ that sometimes finds abstract or conceptual art to be the empty, meaningless work of opportunistic charlatans; sometimes artists do too.
A Cure for Culture: Die Brücke at Moritzburg
There is a (completely valid) argument that originality in the arts is overrated; and clearly it is better to have something derivative or traditional that is good, than something completely original that is bad.
La Flamme et le Lys: Métal Noir Québécois
Firstly, the black metal of Québec (at least the black metal I am talking about) has little or nothing to do with Canada. Nothing against Canada (or Canadian metal for that matter), but what makes this scene so distinctive is the backdrop of the history of Québec/Nouvelle-France as a nation (lots...