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online, the January 19, 2018, opening lecture by MIKLOS LEGRADY

Marcel Duchamp,
who proved that art is NOT anything you can get away with.

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Miklos Legrady, 27" x 38" - 68.58cm x 96.52cm, Aylan Kurdi, acrylic on cardboard. October 05, 2015.

Game theory predicts that if art is anything you can get away with, then the worst you can get away is always the best strategy, creating structures of degradation. In a 1968 BBC interview with Joan Blackwell, Duchamp said that until his time painting was retinal, what you could see, that he made it intellectual. Today we know that Duchamp then stopped painting, he made no paintings anymore after he made painting intellectual.

It was the birth of postmodernism, which means denying art, today the highest stage of scholarship. Imagine if we were to cancel this lecture in order to destabilize your cultural conventions, but I still got a lecture fee, or if we cut pictures from art books and hang them without explanation to destabilize your viewing conventions, but the artist still gets an artist fee? You’d be confused... and creating that confusion is today’s hottest art strategy; making work that is strategically incomprehensible is postmodernism. What’s not to love?

Art news so red hot it shall this day light such a fire that will never burn out.

http://www.mikloslegrady.com/writing/grimsby.html



The Grimsby Public Art Gallery Art House Café Lecture Series is devoted to the cultivation and sharing of ideas, and aims to promote both the study of art and the research of emerging scholars throughout Ontario. The Art House Café Lecture Series is dedicated to the memory of Pat and Edith Brown, two dedicated members of the arts community in Grimsby and long-time supporters of the Grimsby Public Art Gallery. The series is run in partnership with the Grimsby Public Library.

A new voice in art criticism, Miklos Legrady is a visual artist, scholar, anti-hero and protagonist who is expecting trouble. He steps out of the art world’s blind spot, deconstructing cultural myths and fictions. Emerging as a hybrid between technical wizard, ad buster and poli-sci commentator, he moves through a world of political, social, and cultural intrigue. Like the Energizer Bunny, Legrady just keeps on going and going.

Legrady is now Toronto Editor for the New Art Examiner, Chicago.

contact: legrady@me.com

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