…a great deal of what we are now seeing in the blue-chip galleries, the art fairs, and the auction houses is a new kind of pompier, with avant-garde attitudes that are by now venerable traditions turned into surface effects, mechanistic contrivances rather than experiences freely imagined or freshly felt.
"La Serpenta" (1957) by Unica Zürn -
Art is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. Only those who have personality and emotions and sensitivity know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940), Walking in the Vineyard , c.1897-1899. Oil on canvas, 260.4 × 248.9 cm.
Graham Sutherland, Rock against Gorse (1972)
A lot of artists have “chops” but their subject matter more often than not is flimsy… false. It’s like they’re afraid to admit that they LIKE something. That they’re CLOSE to something. They end up with GESTURE. When all is said and done there’s nothing true about “what” they’re painting.
Conrad Marca Relli “Project F” 1962