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the artist as he imagined himself laughing

September 17, 2010

“Anything great in this world has come from neurotics,” Marcel Proust wrote. (read)

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  1. roxana permalink
    September 17, 2010 11:25 am

    and how fortunate i was to see these in Vienna! did i mention how much i was taken with them?

    on a side note, even if Proust might have a point there, no matter how much i dislike Lombroso-type approaches to creativity (“Anything great in this world has come from neurotics” – there are exceptions but one could argue that they only confirm the rule), i cannot help but wonder what this tells us about a (western) conception of the “genius” and practice of art which fail to integrate aesthetic pursuits, morality and spirituality into a harmonious way of life as it is the case in the East, or, to put it simply, to see ‘art’ as a path (form?) of spiritual practice.

  2. September 20, 2010 3:02 pm

    his works are amazing, i saw some at the Belvedere myself. the exhibition is on in NYC until January, so i hope to catch it when i`m there.

    as for the rest of your comment, that`s an issue that opens up a whole can of worms… morality and ethics not being welcome topics of discussion in regard to contemporary art and artists it would seem, not to mention any reference to anything spiritual. i suspect it is not without reason that the US is obsessed with forgiveness.

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