Cavalier Avantgarde seizes the Salon.

This is a painting by the German painter Cornelius called ‘Cavalier Avantgarde seizes the Salon’.
I often feel a sense of dread and frustration when walking around the airless rooms in museeums and art galleries; I feel as though I’m visiting sick relatives in a sterile hospital for the dying. 
Since the advent of art dealers, the value of artistic expression in measured in how much money a piece of art can fetch at auction.  The Men in Suits inform us that a shark in formaldehyde is ‘art’  and so must be locked up in a museeum and protected from the public.
It seems to me that perhaps the pendulum is beginning to swing back; The great art establishment silverback Anthony Gormley decided that the general public should be given an opportunity to fill the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.  Perhaps Stepford Creativity will become less venerated and perhaps we, the rabble, will once more invade the Salon, causing uproar and confusion with art arising from heart and soul…

About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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2 Responses to Cavalier Avantgarde seizes the Salon.

  1. Judith Shaw says:

    Your comments here are so true. I also feel that we are entering a different time in which people are seeking a more authentic life and more authentic art to express that life. Through teaching I also find a real hunger among people to express themselves creatively.


  2. Anna says:

    Thank you for your comment, Judith – Looking at your website was a great pleasure – Isn’t it fun, and arn’t we lucky to get away with doing what we love!


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