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.
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