The following is an excerpt of an article by our Culture section editor, Ewan Gillings, which will feature in our second print issue, being released on the 15th March.

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I am certainly not alone in my condemnation of the state of modern art.

As the great Roger Scruton remarked in his 2009 BBC documentary Why Beauty Matters, which inspired the basis of this article, art has become ‘just one human gesture amongst others’, and has abandoned its basis in beauty and expertise.

I feel it is important here to say that I do not believe that modern artists actually believe their work is ‘good’; instead, they produce it because they know it will be successful anyway. Both the media and art critics continue to romanticise and idolise artists who lack skill, ambition, and ideas, all the while shelling out enormous six-figure sums to hang their overrated canvases on their walls.

In this article I have highlighted four figures who I see as being the embodiment of this ideal. They have lived and produced art at different points within the last century; some are still alive, others not. However, what links them is a consistent and unquenchable thirst for egotism and fame, whatever the cost to their profession.

These four figures are:

  •  Marcel Duchamp,
  •  Piet Mondrian,
  •  Jackson Pollock,
  •  Damien Hirst.

Read the rest of this article in the print issue, to be released on the 15th March.

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