Thursday, 19 January 2012

Hockney and Spielberg

Just a few years ago, painting was old hat. The Turner prize never went to a painter. Saatchi didn't pay top dollar for paintings. Painters, even very good ones such as Freud and Patrick Caulfield, were relegated to the second tier. Unless of course the paintings were produced by spin machine or manufactured by impoverished art students in an East End factory, painting just wasn't cutting-edge. I'm not decrying the importance of the YBAs as a phenomenon of their time - Rachel Whiteread, Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin will, in time, rise in reputation against Damien and their auction prices will equalise. But like the post-punk age, we've all been hanging about waiting to see what will follow the age of the YBAs and Saatchi, and the answer may well be ... painting. Certainly if Hockney's exhibition at the RA is anything to go by. Worth a trip up to London for, and worth £29.95 for the softback catalogue.

Spielberg's Warhorse is worth waiting for the DVD release if, like me, you prefer to weep in private. The thought of being stuck in a cinema full of the openly lachrymose is really quite an unpleasant prospect. The moral message - good overcomes evil, love conquers all - is one I wholeheartedly support. It's a theme that also runs through every film made by the Disney studios, some of which are dreadfully crass in artistic terms, yet worthy still if they manage to win a single convert from the cinematic world of violent death and human degradation. 

Both Hockney and Spielberg, each in their own way, scores a small victory for Good.  


Greg Tingey said...

As opposed, to the greed, rapacity and deviousness, coupled with attempted raping of author's original stories, as repeatedly perpetrated by Disney Studios, I presume?

Their hypocirsy is so great, I almost wonder if half of them are priests.

Budgie said...

Since it has been fashionable to regard God as dead, or perhaps that he was never alive in the first place, it has been necessary to base our aspirations on ourselves.

This is a load that few of us can bear. And since my moral code is as good as your moral code, we are at an impasse. So we descend to the level of despair philosophically then artistically.

Hence the nihilism, dada-ism and degradation of humanity (witness Tracy Emin) the purpose of which is to reflect the position humanity finds itself in.

Greg Tingey said...


There is a godlless moral code, that existed before christianity or islam, independant of judaism, which is extremely simple.
It's called "the Golden Rule"
You may have heard of it?

Being without a an imaginary Boig Sky Fairy does not leave one without moral compass, nor does it leave on nihilistic.
These are merely lies put around by the promoters of religon (again)

Budgie said...

Greg T, you cannot even define what "good" and "bad" are starting from individual human beings. The Golden Rule begs the question by relying on concepts of "good" that you cannot prove starting only from yourself.

"From propositions about fact alone no practical conclusion can ever be drawn"; "Trying to get a conclusion in the imperative mood out of premises in the indicative mood ... cannot succeed." - C S Lewis.

Unfortunately whatever value you cite, unless it is absolute it is worthless. And no absolute can come from any one man, or by extension any group of men. Thesis and antithesis have vanished.

We are therefore stuck (as humans), and this is exactly the reason why Art imitates Philosophy which has recognised this impossibility, even if you have not.

Anonymous said...

"The Golden Rule" absolutely does not predate Judaism or Christianity. It's essentially a renaissance concept. You don't find it much among Jihadis since an unscholarly literal interpretation of the Koran encourages the more wild individuals to kill non-believers.

I always find it interesting that western atheists evince attitudes that stem from their Judaeo-Christian heritage. And before anyone talks about religion causing the death of millions, Stalin/Mao/Pol Pot/Hitler - all Godless loonies.

Nick Drew said...

Hey, back to Hockney ! I am with you all the way, R

ArtCo said...

If I could afford it I would be going to have a look at the Hockney exhibition, I always admired his work.
I'm working on a painting called
'Of Roses, Rape and Revolution' at the moment. Its a lonely road traveling the libertarian /centre right way in art.If you wanna have a look at my stuff look up ArtCo on blogspot.

Nick Drew said...

interesting stuff ArtCo: only found a few at ArtCo.blogspot - anywhere else I should look ?

Greg T ingey said...

Obviously no-one around here has heard of or read Socrates.

communism is a classic religion.
Look at N Korea.
Just like the christian heaven (apart from the starvation)
Everyone constantly singing the praises of the boss and His children, accompanied by paid stooges - oops.....