I read Tom Wolfe’s classic “The Painted Word” today on the train ride in about how the critics determine what becomes the major works in modern art.
The idea of flatness and what the few determine is the big thing.
Then I went to the Museum of Modern Art in New York which is where a lot of the big pieces ended up.
And I do think there was a big drop off from the 1940s and early Twentieth Century of Picasso, Kadinsky and Matisse to the Rothkos and a lot of what I think got pretty boring in the 1950s and 1960s.
I do actually like Pollack and Jasper Johns though. Although some of the work even from artists I like Robert Rauschenberg gets odd.
Was cool to do both in one day. Although I got totally exhausted after going through the extensive Modern Art Collection from 1890-1959. The 1960s collection they had wasn’t nearly as strong.
Viva le art!