The future of painting… if there is one.
Art has survived cataclysmic disasters, barbarian invasions, religious inquisitions, total war, mechanical reproduction and digital upheaval, but can it withstand the cultural paradoxes of our age? Much of art’s power lies not only in formal and aesthetic qualities but also the ability to shock, provoke and occasionally offend. The customer is always right, we are told, yet artists whose patrons held power over life and limb consistently subverted moral standards. In doing so, artists pushed the notion of acceptability forward, reshaped traditional taboos and pushed the line for the future generations to cross.