The View from Inside

In an old issue of the NYRB I find the following from Vladimir Ashkenazy, on his fellow pianist Sviatoslav Richter:

“The strongest element in his magnetic appeal to audiences is his conviction that what he does is absolutely right at that particular moment. It comes from the fact that he has created his own inner world, absolutely complete in his mind, and if you argue with him about anything it’s almost no use…I don’t often agree with him after the performance, but during it I can see that everything fits together and is completely sincere and devoted, and that wins me over.”

The organic truth arises at a moment, which itself arises from the surrounding moments. The retrospective critical view, which sees the totality, is always false. The problem with a lot of art today, as I keep harping on in this blog, is that a retrospective judgment is present at the beginning, as a tacit understanding of what art is supposed to be.

Robert Linsley, Untitled watercolor 2012

Robert Linsley, Untitled watercolor 2012

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One Response to The View from Inside

  1. I agree with you. We are in a period that is obsessed with “communication”. Not something personal that has been aptly embodied, but a brittle shell of meanings and signs that gives way readily to text and analysis. The very idea of an inner world that makes its way out into the world through expressiveness is considered antiquated and socially irresponsible. PS. Beautiful painting…simple, unhurried, hypnotic.

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