News from the RBA
Some arts websites are determinedly boring, as though their designers are terrified of creating anything that might be criticized as pretty-pretty decorative art. "For God's sake, Carruthers! We're the Art Establishment. We can't have a chocolate-boxy website!"
The website of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) arrives like an old Speccy loading screen and is about as sophisticated. When I tried to look at the exhibits for last year's show, IE6 told me the page couldn't be displayed. Oh well...here's the news. The RBA's Annual Exhibition is from 18 to 28 May 2006 at The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London. Its annual Turning Point Debate on 25 May proposes "This house believes that it is the function of art to be challenging". Yawn....
Wise up, lads. This debate would have been anachronistic 50 years ago! It isn't the function of art to be challenging. It is its inherent nature. But it is for the artist to be challenged, not the viewer. When art challenges the viewer, it proves the artist has no talent.