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Con Art - Why you should sell your Damien Hirsts while you can Paperback – March 24, 2012
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Disregarding his opinions about various artists, he confronts the general public with well reasoned and valid thoughts about not only what is happenning in the art world but also why it is happening and how it affects the newest generation of artists. Intellectual black lists and intimidation abound in the art world. The most insipid, pernicious type of censorship is being practiced through the left's favorite mechanism which is the total ignoring of any artist who does not follow the party line.
Good for you Mr. Spalding for attempting to challenge current trends and to take art seriously. I only hope that your name does not end up in Tracey Enim's next rude "Unmade Bed," you old rake.
To anyone seriously wanting to investigate contemporary art, its artists, art & the world surrounding it, this book offers nothing other than the what appears to be a very personal attack.
Alas, it was released on April 1st, so maybe this conceptual provocation is really a work of art in itself...
The artist who is after success lets himself be influenced by the public. Generally such an artist contributes nothing new, for the public acclaims only what it already knows, what it recognizes.
ANDRE GIDE, Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality
It dominates what is taught in art schools, what wins competitions, and what modern galleries exhibit. I can live with all of that to a certain extent, because I believe as Artists it is our responsibility to change things.
However I do hate seeing young artists being pushed in any one direction, and the conceptual art push in schools is more like a vicious shove, with the students that are designing it getting all the accolades.
If you take a radical idea and make everyone do it, it is no longer radical! On top of that the creation of conceptual art seems to be to the detriment of technical ability.
I am actually a Ceramic Artist and when I saw that conceptual art is also influencing ceramics, I decided to create a work that discussed this. I am just at the research stage, so when I looked online to find information from both sides of the argument, I struggled to find documented informed writing that was against the anti art movement. So I was truly delighted when I found this book.
Not only is it clever, informed and written by someone indisputably in the know, it is really funny and entertaining. The only thing that disappointed me was that it came to an end.
I don't agree with everything that was written, but the point is having all sides of the arguement, (and there is plenty written in support of conceptual art elsewhere) so you can form your own opinion.
And for the record, Damien Hirsts shark worked for me as it was powerful and dramatic, I love originality in any form.
I am not conservative or as previously stated- anti the anti art movement. I just believe it's time to move on and this book takes away the illusion of presuming that because it is conceptual, that it is also clever.
Rebecca Shawyer (NZ)
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spalding dismisses photography as an art form that only a rare few have been able to make art from. come on now, seriously? makes some very good points all in all. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Josie
Frothy, opinionated, and spot on. The author, with years of experience in the art world, boldly exposes how the deluded minions throw their money at a naked emperor. Read morePublished 13 months ago by anglobiblio
a must read to understand the cornering of the art market by the cultural institutions such as museums working in concert with curators and art dealers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Gil Bruvel
Mr. Spalding comes off like an evangelical preacher, and is (possibly) even more heavy handed. There are some interesting points in this book, but the are overshadowed by the... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Ted McIntyre
I was shocked and pleased by this book. It dares to question authority, and makes you stop, step back, and take a strong look at the bare facts of what is true in the world of... Read morePublished on November 10, 2013 by William Craig
A very good view on art!
Julian Spalding is the perfect person to write a booklet on this matter. I hope many agree his opinion.! Read more
While I'm not sure I agree with every idea in this book,it is thought provoking and much of it rings true. Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Lance
Spalding is so overzealous that the message gets mired in his anger and becomes tedious. Toning it down a bit may have made his arguments a bit more palatable.Published on September 5, 2013 by Jeff Conroy