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Thornton’s Valuable Insights Mk II

Posted by cathedralofshit on October 8, 2009

In the late 1970s Art & Language, in an initially puzzling move, seemingly turned away from conceptual art and towards painting. The late, great Charles Harrison has analyzed this shift: “With the benefit of hindsight, we might say that the problem was how to recover a kind of complexity and depth in art that could somehow live alongside the shallowness, artificiality and travesty which artistic culture is also composed.”
Fast forward thirty years and dear Damien Hirst is ready to unveil his return to painting with his imaginatively titled collection, ‘The Blue Paintings’. Hirst offers his in-depth reasoning: “I’ve always loved the idea of being a painter….they seem they can work in this market. Who knows?” And as Art & Language had Harrison to articulate the many debates around the status of Modernism and Conceptual Art, we are blessed with the Cathedral of Shit’s most-loved writer, Sarah Thornton. Our 21st century Vasari notes: “Hirst is gloriously paradoxical, not least because he is testing the limits of what an artist can be by simply making his own paintings in an iconic/ironic shed.” Brilliant stuff Professor Thornton, what can we expect next? A fawningly sycophantic yet simultaneously self-glorifying feature in the Sunday Times talking about hanging with Hirst in his country-pad in the romantic drizzle? Oh, too late.

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