St. Gauguin: Trouble in Paradise

"Self-Portrait with Portrait of Van Gogh," Paul Gauguin, 1888.

      Seeing the art world as a family is a handy tool, for it is like the philosophical idea that things in a category have a family resemblance rather than embody an archetype or, perish the thought, a Platonic form. On the other hand, if you are not Protestant, or Jewish or Muslim, you also have The Holy Family and the various saints to think about. When did the art world stop being a family or a religion? When it became a strictly financial machine. Andy Warhol deemed his … [Read more...]