Saturday 16 December 2017

Kevin Myers: 'Modern art' is one of the greatest con-tricks of the 20th century ... awash with stupid money

LET me acknowledge a personal interest at the outset here: I wrote the foreword to the catalogue for the latest exhibition of paintings by the artist Anthony Murphy at the Ib Jorgensen gallery in Dublin.

I would like to say that Ib paid me €10,000 for my contribution, in fact I would love to say it, but it wouldn't be true. I wrote the foreword because Anthony is a quite wonderful artist, of a kind that is regrettably becoming rarer and rarer.

One does not need to have the interpretive skills of soothsayer reading chicken entrails to understand what his paintings are about, which is so often the case of modern art, and has been since Picasso became a whore, and Peggy Guggenheim went mad with the family money.

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