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Hong Kong Tatler - - The Great Debate -

Bon­nie chan woo

are at their most in­ter­est­ing when they are alive and that tru­ism ap­plies to artists, who are mor­tal just like us. It is true that there are a few artists who only gained sig­nif­i­cance af­ter they died. We all know about the mis­for­tunes of the likes of Modigliani and Van Gogh who achieved fame af­ter their death. But I would ar­gue any art lover would pre­fer to know the artists while they were alive, rather than to learn about them af­ter their death. Their liv­ing and breath­ing souls to­gether with their evolv­ing works are far more in­ter­est­ing than ar­chives invit­ing ret­ro­spec­tive schol­arly dis­cus­sion. For an artist to be­come more in­ter­est­ing af­ter death, they’d have to have been mis­un­der­stood and un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated in life. With the speed in­for­ma­tion trav­els in our dig­i­tal age, cou­pled with our in­sa­tiable de­sire for new ideas and art, it is get­ting harder for any in­ter­est­ing tal­ent to go undis­cov­ered for long. So I am scep­ti­cal about the like­li­hood of any artist only be­com­ing in­ter­est­ing af­ter death. Artists are most in­ter­est­ing when they are emerg­ing, evolv­ing and liv­ing.

Bon­nie is a board mem­ber of Para Site

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