IT IS INTERESTING A PAINTER DEVOTED TO PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR SHOULD CREATE HIS OWN ARTIFICIAL ENSEMBLE OF NATURAL MOTIFS
negative reality is often that they are the ones that didn’t sell or that weren’t finished, or simply studies never intended for exhibition.
There were a lot of weak pieces in the Picasso exhibition and, for that matter, a lot of weak Turners in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s Turner show, also based on a contents-of-the-studio collection. I’ve commented before on our obsession with the size of blockbusters. It does no service, either to a museum or an artist, to pad out shows with inferior works simply in order to reach a level of blockbuster overkill.
As the title of the Melbourne show implies, its strength lies in the later garden pictures,