Portrait of the Museum as a Rendez-Vous. Posthumous Conversations Between Artists
(Ann Demeester) The Low Countries - 2018, № 26, pp. 106-115
Artists are not lone wolves, nor have they been brought up in total isolation, as Kaspar Hauser claimed to have been. Quite apart from training or personal interests, every creator is affected or stamped by his or her own time, as well as by the (cultural) history preceding his or her practice. Even Cobra artists realised that it was impossible to return to a purely instinctive creative point zero. In that respect it does not matter whether artists do or do not use conscious allusions to the art of bygone eras in their work. Since the postmodern age, linear (Western) art history is only one of the many paths to the truth. Artists do not slavishly copy, they reference and collage, developing their own signature by mixing, freely and sometimes wildly, visual references and indirect allusions to artworks from various periods of the history of art and style.
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