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The Art Newspaper recently ran a terrific interview with Beatrix Ruf, the newly-appointed director of the Stedelijk Amsterdam. And from the sound of things, Amsterdam can finally look forward to the renaissance of what was once one of the great museums of Modern and Contemporary art.
On this Memorial Day, with conflicts flaring across the Middle East, ongoing clashes in Syria and Iraq, killings at a Jewish Museum in Brussels, and the suffering of women under Islamist and dictatorial rule in Afghanistan and elsewhere, it seems a fitting moment to contemplate those most haunting expressions of war — of those who died and those who gloried and those who continue to suffer — by artists across the ages.
Well, of course, we had to expect it: Artnet’s “Top 100 Living Artists” and “Top 100 Lots by Living Artists” lists, which came out yesterday. As Artnet explains it, ”The first list shows the top 100 living artists ranked by total value of secondary market sales; the second presents the top 100 lots by living artists, ranked by price.” The listings are based on figures from January 1, 2011 to April, 2014.
I wanted to hate them. I wanted to think George Bush’s paintings were profoundly amateurish, the kinds of things you learn to paint from Bob Ross, or those mail-order how-to-courses they used to advertise in the backs of comic books.