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05/28/2010

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Leelee

Let’s face the truth. Modern and Abstract Art isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. It’s true that the modern artists of today have a grand arena in both the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern to showcase eclectic art. The adamant public following modern art is very specific and very intense. Critics do tend to be fickle. What appeals to them during one year of artistic delving may not appeal to them by the next year. Matt Collins is a prolific and powerful critic. Because I have roots in realism I can understand how Collins could go back to what equates as old school. The masters are called masters because they learned how to take a slice of life and present it in glorious color and three dimensionality to the buying public. There is a lot to be said for all schools of art. After all, everyone doesn’t like the taste of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia because not everyone is fond of sweet ripe Bing cherries. Tastes are as different as body shape and eye color. The same is true of art.

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Thanks for this- I agree with all you say.

What I didn't mention was Colling's previous career as a painter, which may also have been a factor in him getting back to the masters. I'm not after the crude equation, failed artist = critic, but that must have played some part.

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