~16 min read · Sep 16th · MYTHOLOGIES RARELY SERVE the artists who inspire them. Ouattara Watts has now entered his fifth decade of painting. His oeuvre consists of the large-to-monumental canvases he has been making…
~14 min read · Aug 26th · Adam Kirsch on changes in the cultural climate.
High culture remained the superego of a society that still nominally believed in artistic values like genius, originality, beauty, and complexity.
Similarly, for Greenberg, Adorno, and Macdonald, in their different ways, high culture remains the standard by which the inferior products of the culture industry can be judged and found wanting. Though they write as analysts, they are really making an appeal: read Joyce, not James Gould Cozzens; look at Picasso, not Norman Rockwell; listen to Beethoven, not Chuck Berry.