DAILY ART FIX: William Blake’s famous flop of an exhibition and the critic who described him as ‘an unfortunate lunatic’

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William Blake “The Spiritual Form of Nelson Guiding Leviathan”

Part of the legacy of visionary artist William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) acts as a warning. It demonstrates how innovative artistic genius can go unrecognized by the status quo. A new book William Blake vs the World, explores how Blake was ignored and even abused by his contemporaries, such as the time when he dared to set up his own 19th century pop up gallery over his brother’s haberdashery. A critic named Robert Hunter created his own terrible legacy, and will forever be remembered as one who failed to appreciate Blake’s achievements in real time.

For the rest of the article Hunt delights in being vicious, patronising and cruel. He seems intent on putting this working- class creator in his place. It is hard not to see him as one of the uninspired “Hirelings in the Camp, the Court, & the University” that Blake attacks in the preface to Milton. “The poor man fancies himself a great master”, Hunt wrote, “and has painted a few wretched pictures, some of which are unintelligible allegory, others an attempt at sober character by caricature representation, and the whole ‘blotted and blurred,’ and very badly drawn. These he calls an Exhibition, of which he has published a Catalogue, or rather a farrago of nonsense, unintelligibleness, and egregious vanity, the wild effusions of a distempered brain.”

William Blake “The Spiritual Form of Pitt Guiding Behemoth”

Read the full article here: ART NEWSPAPER – William Blake’s famous flop of an exhibition and the critic who described him as ‘an unfortunate lunatic’

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DAILY ART FIX: Video – Critic Jerry Saltz Critiques His Own Art

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There’s practically no one less relevant than an art critic these days. Even though it’s part of what I do as well, the art world has been so distorted by elitist mismanagement, it’s like speaking a language no one knows about a subject no one cares about.

Jerry Saltz has made a career for himself by making art criticism a kind of wryly playful banter. Here he is confronted by the art he tried to make when he was a young man.

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DAILY ART FIX: FAVORITE PAINTINGS OF ART CRITIC JERRY SALTZ

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These days, there are few professionals who matter less than art critics. Jerry Saltz has made a career of it at least, and dispenses opinions on art that range from the insightful to the inane. Saltz’s writings come across like he’s his own biggest fan, but we all have moments of that. In this article, Saltz discusses some of his favorite paintings to look at in New York.  

Florine Stettheimer “The Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue” (1931) Metropolitan Museum of Art

Paint as cake frosting; color as shimmering cellophane. This hallucination of a wedding procession on a red carpet spilling out of a department store raises shopping to a batty rite of passage.

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Fresco wall painting in a cubiculum (bedroom) from the Villa of P. Fannius Synistor at Boscoreale
ca. 40–30 b.c.; Late Republica, Roman. Metropolitan Museum of Art

Looking at the impeccably proportioned frescos adorning this Pompeian bed chamber puts the lie to the fallacy that perspective was invented in Florence in around 1414. Terraced buildings and intricate courtyards rendered in near perfect perspective produce full-on spatial illusions. The Romans had perspective; they just weren’t that into it.

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Jasper Johns “Flag” (1954-55) Museum of Modern Art

In 1954 the 26-year old Jasper Johns said, “I dreamed I painted the American Flag.” Then he did! The psychic content of this uncanny, sensuous, cerebral work is the simultaneous inclusiveness. . .  of America but also the ways Johns was an outsider to this openness. The painting, made with encaustic (a medium used by the ancient Egyptians to embalm their dead), is a Betsy Ross moment of modern art; something generations have pledged artistic allegiance to.

See the full list here: ARTNET – A GRAND TOUR by Jerry Saltz

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