Julian Spalding in Conversation

Join us today for a live conversation between controversial art critic Julian Spalding and gallery owner Mike Goldmark.

Julian Spalding is an English art critic, writer, broadcaster and a former curator. Considered to be a controversial maverick and outspoken critic of the art world, he has frequently contributed to arts, news and current affairs programmes on radio and TV. Famously banned from the Tate for calling Damien Hirst a ‘talentless conman’, Spalding wrote, ‘I had dared to say what many of my colleagues secretly think: Con Art, the so-called Conceptual Art movement, is little more than a money-spinning con, rather like the emperor’s new clothes. That goes for the ‘artist’ Carl Andre who sold a stack of bricks for £2,297. It goes for Marcel Duchamp, whose old ‘urinal’ was bought by the Tate for $500,000 (about £300,000). It goes for Tracey Emin’s grubby old bed. And, of course, it goes for Damien Hirst.’

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That was one of the most interesting discussions I have seen..Agree with almost all of this but would say that once influential people dismiss some art genres they do not like, it lessens the whole art scene.The art world contains so much, some of it meaninglessl,some of it great.Some art that was deemed of little worth becomes worthy at a later date.Personalities can be destructive as well as positive.But on Francis Davison I agree.Wonderful beyond mere words.But maybe maybe also Marmite for others.

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