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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
  Gallery of Rogues
From the AFP:
Australia's Art Gallery of New South Wales has spent millions of dollars on its most expensive acquisition ever, an abstract by US artist Cy Twombly, which the gallery admitted looks like it could have been painted by a child.
Is it just me, or does "Cy Twombly" sound like it came right out of Atlas Shrugged or the Fountainhead? Must be a friend of Gus Webb's.

Here's the best part though, from the Museum's director:
"I know that some people will look at these pictures and say 'My six-year-old child could have done that'," Capon told AFP at the gallery in Sydney.

"But in a way that would be a strange kind of compliment because what these people are saying is that there is a directness and an honesty which the simple art of a child can convey with wisdom and still retain a sense of spontaneity.

"When you look at a picture like this and you see the textures and the lines and the instincts of it, it has a great sense of spontaneity about it, but the point about spontaneity in situations like this is that it is a very considered and measured spontaneity.

"I think that is where people can get misled about looking at something that's very simple, or seemingly simple, but behind that simplicity there's a wealth of insight.

"These particular pictures are rich with that sense of imagining more than one sees."

 
 POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 1:16 AM


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