Adam Lindemann has some tart comments for Gerhard Richter and Jacob Kassay in his Observer column. The issue is both artists’ recently expressed disdain for the art market. We’re all familiar with Richter’s view but Kassay is a little more interesting.
Lindemann points out that Kassay has gone out of his way to diminish the importance of the people who brought him to prominence (“It’s really simple,” Kassay told the New Yorker about collectors. “All they have is money.”)
The young artist is even ambivalent about the importance of his own work (“These are things that have been explored in painting since the fifties,” he said of his achromatic paintings. “So I didn’t think I was doing anything new.” And: “I always thought this work was much more boring than people were taking it for.” Though he manages to get prickly when it is suggested he move on from his silver paintings: “I’m not going to drop something I’m proud of and have been doing for six years.”)Continue Reading