Berger’s Choices

A recent article by Ben Davis about the death of John Berger demanded a reply—sadly comments were not possible. Davis made the point that some of the artists Berger admired were obscure, non-canonical. My answer would be why does Ben Davis, like everyone else, cling to the consensus? We had Barry Schwabsky admit that he missed Carmen Herrera, shouldn’t we just accept that our perspective is always narrower than the reality of art? And if a critic, make an effort to see. To say that Berger’s choices are eccentric or weird is complacency pure and simple. Surrender to the tacit agreement, the conventions of the present. I can go a long way with Neizvestny, who is like a character in a science fiction novel of the nineteen thirties.

Ernst Neizvestny, a modernist Rodin

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