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September 20, 2002

Artist's Quote of the Day


I found a great interview with John Currin, one of my favorite contemporary painters: You can find it in full here. An excerpt:

You can't make a painting without embracing your own desire as something good…That's why I've always thought of myself as an expressionist artist. I think in terms of expressionism because it's involved with dumb ideas, really stupid ideas; and even if my strategy would seem to be mapped-out, some people would even say "smart," that's not what I mean when I say "stupid." I'm talking about stupid urges and stupid desires, things that don't involve any irony or anything intellectual… I think about things that are not ironic, like sexual desire, fear of death, basic things that are by no means new concepts. A semiotician would say that the entire world is ironic, that it's about understanding where the misapplied labels are, that the very idea of a label describing something is a lie anyway. It seems to me that great art always makes you feel like there isn't a misapplied label.

Currin's "The Veil," "The Bra Shop" and "Jaunty & Mame"

And they say breast men aren't smart cookies!



posted by Friedrich at September 20, 2002


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