Archive for March, 2008

Anywhere I Lay My Head – Scarlett Johansson

March 30, 2008

Interview with Matthew Slotover, Frieze

March 2, 2008

(Pictured with Frieze Co-Director Amanda Sharp)

Q Is the urinal in my local pub a work of art?

MS: No – Duchamp’s urinal was art once he put it in a gallery. In fact, one working definition of art is anything that is in a gallery.

Q Why are there so few great female painters?

MS: Art (and society) was a lot more subject to sexism 50 years ago than it is now. Since that period, there have been plenty of very good female painters, 2006 Turner Prize-winner Tomma Abts among them. How much history needs to pass before an artist is called ‘great’? That is the real question.

Q When does a movement become a movement?

MS: Movements are overrated and invented by the press. Ask any artist if they feel or felt part of a movement – the good ones will all say no.

Q Can you make a great work of art accidentally?

MS: Art is about the context in which it is made as much as the object itself; objects take on different meanings in different contexts. If the artist is unaware of the context, it’s very unlikely the work will be very good.

Q Can graffiti be a work of art?

MS: Graffiti is something written on a wall, and, of course, art can be exhibited or produced anywhere: a wall is just another venue. Banksy’s work is achieving very high prices at present. He’s making paintings for private collectors, but I’m not seeing museum shows of his work yet. All good artists think about their audience and I do think that Banksy’s work is fantastically arresting when you see it. Street art is designed to be seen out of the corner of your eye, on the hoof. Art that’s made for galleries is made to be looked at in a more static way for a longer period of time and may not be so striking immediately, but perhaps resonates for a longer period. But the term ‘work of art’ is being used here as the pinnacle of visual culture which is not a correct assumption. Is graffiti as important culturally as Picasso? Now that’s a very interesting question.

This interview first appeared in Observer Review’s 50 arts secrets revealed piece

Miriam Karlin

March 2, 2008

Grayson Perry

March 2, 2008

Oscars Roundup

March 2, 2008