1. Christopher S. Johnson

    A sort of parable:

    “First [the Dodo] marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (`the exact shape doesn’t matter,’ it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no `One, two, three, and away,’ but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out `The race is over!’ and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, `But who has won?’

    This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, `EVERYBODY has won, and all must have prizes.’

    `But who is to give the prizes?’ quite a chorus of voices asked.”

  2. Timothy

    Notice the setting. A bar. Artists can see a lot after a few beers. Much of what they see is their own press release.

  3. Michael Manes

    Reference to Wonderland is perfectly appropriate. The dodos are out in great number. Everybody wins, and all must have prizes. What more is there to say?

  4. Thank you for this Maureen. Talking about these pretentions in a rational manner, regardless of what me may think of that artist’s body of work, is somewhat scarce, especially online.

    Artists may have a more visual predisposition than others, but this does not make them any more or less perceptive. The other side of this is some artists aversion to being called ‘painters’.

    Perhaps this tendency to build a mystique around their life and work serves their ego, and perhaps the art market. There has to be some gain in it surely, be it fulfilling an emotional need, or simply a financial one.


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