June 7, 2010

WAIT, HE MEANT THAT AS A COMPLIMENT?:

Black Is Also a Color (Barry Schwabsky, June 21, 2010, The Nation)

Where most observers saw madness and aggression in Matisse's work, his one great early defender among the critics, Guillaume Apollinaire, saw a "Cartesian master." "We are not here in the presence of an extravagant or extremist undertaking," Apollinaire argued. "Matisse's art is eminently reasonable." The poet was being sly, knowing as he did that to be reasonable, or rather to put one's reason into practice, can be a most extreme undertaking.

There's a guy who didn't realize where the Age of Reason was headed, even after looking at the crappy art it was producing.


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 7, 2010 5:48 AM
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