Collected Homer and Marge from The Mall Galleries on Sunday. A big thank you to the Lynn Painter-Stainer's organisers for including me in their 2018 show.
Because Homer and Marge had been selcted for Stage 2 of the John Moore's Painting Prize it demanded direct delivery to Liverpool. Packaging instructions were quite specific - took me back to my V&A days. I decided to drive up on Sunday to miss the Monday morning commute. Although the traffic was avoided and painting successfully deposited, my son, who had come along for a day of gallery-visiting, started vomiting ten minutes into the Beatles Museum, and, indeed, all the way back to Surrey.
The trip had a less expected Beatles association after I discovered a book about Yoko Ono's art at the Walker Art Gallery. She really is a punk in the truest sense. Her vision of the world is unique and insightful, her work poetic and devastating. Discovering and appreciating her brought mixed emotions of deep respect/admiration tinged with a slight jealousy of her vision. The book, Half-a-Wind Show, has singlehandedly devalued the ideas I was hoping to explore this Easter break.
Yoko has made me think: are we kidding ourselves that a meaningful position for contemporary art still exists? Can we better the purity and gravity of conceptual art? The IP being the artist's very way of seeing, understanding and explaining. Perhaps contemporary art should just 'about face' from the idea of the 'avant-garde': the idea from which modern art seems to have stemmed. Perhaps this avant-garde is less a cutting edge but a line, a straight line which is part of a very large circle...