Painting

Corpsey

bandz ahoy
"The Tate wants to make an activist of Rego, and it is true that the radicalism of her early politics is there at the end, with paintings about human trafficking and genital mutilation. But the artist is ill-served by this reductive brief. Her gift is for the exact opposite: for deeply ambiguous and morally disturbing scenarios in which you are asked to think harder, feel more, be turned inside out. Ignore the captions and open yourself to the magical unease, the voodoo and catharsis of Rego’s art."
 

jenks

thread death
Oh for fucks sake! This ‘something really good is actually shit’ trope that we’re having recently on here is getting tiresome. I get iconoclasm, I get it but sometimes it’s just a philistinism. Rego is not like Cook at all.
There…I’ve bitten to your trolling Luka.
 

luka

Well-known member
in this case it is you being a philistine becasue you are responding to some cheap off the shelf psychologising, some narcissim and some very very shoddy painting/draghtsmanship
 

jenks

thread death
in this case it is you being a philistine becasue you are responding to some cheap off the shelf psychologising, some narcissim and some very very shoddy painting/draghtsmanship
No. I’m not having that. But you framing the discussion about fat ankles/draughtsmanship etc makes it a pretty pointless discussion cos you are positioning Rego in a way that suits you -ie denigrating her and privileging Cook over her whilst also suggesting I’m a philistine. I’m not going to say much more on this because there’s a generally reductive pattern to the arguments on here - general retrenchments of positions etc. As I’ve said before it’s very rare to see anyone persuaded by another’s point. It’s usually just an opportunity for another layer of rhetoric.
 

luka

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i went becasue i assumed i enjoyed them. they make nice postcards. but when i got there and saw them in the flesh
i was repelled by them. everything about them disgusted me. the way they are painted. the crude, cartoonish quality of them.
they way they all have her in them. the vulgar literary freudianism. i came away thinking they are very bad and i really can't see
why i shouldn't be allowed to say so.
 

luka

Well-known member
saying Beryl Cook is better is great wind up becasue it's both totally true and also because it points to some of the juvenile and
dillettantish way art is received and appraised and conceptualised in this country.
 

jenks

thread death
why arent i allowed to think Rego makes bad paintings? i don't understand this rule you've invented.
I haven’t invented a rule. Like/dislike stuff but don’t be comparing her to Cook. In much the same way you’d be pissed off if people compared Prynne to Pam Ayers. It might be a good joke but it’s not useful criticism
 

luka

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i think it is both a good joke and good criticism because it forces you to think seriously about the comparison, or at least it should
 
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