Days after being profiled for his book Con Art – Why You Ought To Sell Your Damien Hirsts While You Can, art person Julian Spalding was barred from entering the Tate’s Hirst exhibition. BBC was planning to interview him amongst all the “worthless” “not art” but the Tate staff went “ballistic” and Spalding had to do the interview outside. Shitty and censorship-like that might be, Spalding is the very worst kind of art person. What’s worse than an overhyped celebrity artist who makes bad conceptual art? Someone who doesn’t understand conceptual art at all and is proud of it.
Hear Spalding’s outrage:
“It’s sinister. The Tate’s job is to encourage debate about art… The fact that I’m not allowed to talk about the work in front of [it] is extraordinary!”
Yes. True. And though blogger has jumped all over Hirst’s plagiarizing, merchandizing, money-making art schemes, nodded at calls for his head in a bag and hated the spots — even after some, uh, serious inquiry — that doesn’t mean I’m insta-Team Spalding. Spalding is a member of the Get Of My Lawn school of art criticism. With the charm of a GOP troll who calls Democrats “dems,” Spalding says all conceptual art is “con art.”
“All genuine creative effort has been knocked into the shadows…The con lies in…calling something art that isn’t art.”
“Hirst should not be in the Tate. He’s not an artist. What separates Michelangelo from Hirst is that Michelangelo was an artist and Hirst isn’t.”
Yes, I’m about to stand up for the insufferable Damien Hirst and not just because I really like that one thing. You know what kind of art Spalding, who once headed Britain’s foremost public galleries actually likes? L S Lowry. That’s right. He likes pretty pictures of things that look like the things they look like and thinks it’s more important than being vessel for an idea.. and that’s ugly.