Young Masters

I spent the day helping to judge an art prize called Young Masters, which is based on the principle that it’s good for artists to be interested in the art of the past.   It wasn’t at all straightforward.   The works were split between two venues, one in the city, the other in Notting Hill.   Artists whose work looked strong in one venue before lunch looked less so in the second venue, and vice versa.   We didn’t all agree.   The work of photographers was strong, but not necessarily original.   We were asked which individual works were the strongest which gave a different answer to which artists were the strongest.   We couldn’t decide whether tastefulness was good or bad.   Eventually we reached a decision which wasn’t the one which would have been predicted from the discussion.   But we agreed in the end.


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