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ON A LIGHTER NOTE / RENÉ CONNELLY








         "IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE?

         NO!!! IT’S A VAN GOGH!"




             EVERYONE’S A CRITIC AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK! “ONE MAN’S ART IS ANOTHER MAN’S TRASH,” THEY
             SAY. FROM THE VERY FIRST TIME OUR DEAR FRIEND, THE NEANDERTHAL, STOOD BACK TO ADMIRE HIS SCRIBBLINGS
             ON A CAVE WALL, YOU CAN BET THERE WAS A ‘CRITIC’ ON HAND TO POINT OUT THE ‘MISTAKES AND INADEQUACIES’
             OF SAID MASTERPIECE.


         Moving on a few millennia and voila, sure as   either. This incredibly talented impressionist   ludicrously  overblown  captions  to  his  offerings
         death and taxes, that same picture plays itself   must have wanted to throttle Louis Leroy after   such as, “A bold use of colour. Inspired by the
         out in the art and its critics of modern man. The   his sarcastic review of Monet’s ‘Sunrise’ in the   ‘plein air’ habit of painting  by Monet, drawing
         strained  relationship  between  these  two  has   French magazine, Le Charivari. Both Claude   on the natural world that surrounds us all,” and
         inspired more than a few witty artists to poke   Monet and Paul Cézanne, or should that be all the   “The striking use of oriental calligraphy has the
         fun at toffee nose critics, resulting in the birth   Impressionists, still retain their position (over 100   kanji-like characters stampeding from the page,
         of delightfully humorous surrealists like René   years after that first exhibition) as some of the   showing the new ascent of the East. It is one of
         Magritte and Salvador Dalí. Countless others   highest sellers in the market today. That’s gotta   Linsky’s most experimental works.”
         including Monty Python and New York cartoons   hurt, Leroy!
         to name just two, have drawn inspiration from   It’s fair to say that artists haven’t always had a fair   My favourite caption is this one, “Freddie W R
         these brush yielding mavericks with hilarious   shake. So when one hears of an instance where   Linsky paints over and over, making us curious to
         results.                           said art experts were falling over each other to   know what is going on. It seems that one stroke
                                            secure  for their  respective  galleries,  a toddler’s   is being repeated - the same stroke or one very
         Akin to the immortal (albeit massively flawed)   art, well, the mind boggles. It’s hard in this   close  to  it, hence  the  possibility  of  the infinite
         words of Mitch Miller, who said “This Rock and   instance not to smile sardonically whilst raising   opening up of the structure of time.” I wish my
         Roll stuff will never last!”, art critics have, in   a glass of bubbly to artists everywhere. Two year   mom had said such wonderful things about my
         similar vein, had their fair share of ‘foot in mouth’   old Freddie Linsky’s efforts, which include works   ‘art’ up on the fridge way back when. Estelle was
         moments. If Carl Yung for instance, had the   using tomato ketchup, composed while sitting on   quoted as saying, “I thought people would figure
         benefit of 20/20 vision, I bet he would feel more   his high chair, were posted by his mother Estelle   it out. But a collector paid £20 for The Best Loved
         than a little sheepish after the scathing critique   Lovatt, a lecturer at Hampstead School of Art and   Elephant. He said he liked the flow and energy of
         he rained down upon the work of the great Pablo   a freelance art critic, on collector Charles Saatchi’s   the picture.” I guess beauty is indeed in the eye of
         Picasso, calling his work “schizophrenic” and   online gallery. Gallery owners were foaming at the   the beholder! Bless!
         even “satanic”. A rather large “My bad!” wouldn’t   mouth to outbid one another as Estelle claimed
         be out of place in this instance. Claude Monet   her  son  was an  art  critic  and  a familiar  face at   Those of you who are reading this article whilst
         did not escape the tongue lashings of the critics   major exhibitions – all true mind you. She added   trying frantically to dial the number of your art
                                                                               assessor, just take a deep breath. I’m sure your
                                                                               art is indeed ‘dinkum’ or ‘legit’, as they say. You did
                                                                               after all make all the necessary enquiries, did you
                                                                               not? You researched the art world extensively and
                                                                               built a relationship with your art gallery of choice
                                                                               – right? You signed up for art gallery newsletters
                                                                               and read their plethora of blog offerings – surely?
                                                                               Oh dear – you are shaking your head. Oh well,
                                                                               never  mind.  I’m  sure you  will  be  just  dandy.
                                                                               Fortunately for you, art is subjective and that’s
                                                                               the truth. So the next time you feel the urge to
                                                                               slate the work of another, think it over. After all,
                                                                               you could very well have a ‘Linsky’ on your wall!













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