September 27, 2008

Lyotard on Anything Goes

Filed under: Society,The Museum — Graham Coulter-Smith @ 12:08 pm

With regard to Damien Hirst’s recent auction success, a quote from Jean-François Lyotard: “Eclecticism is the degree zero of contemporary general culture: you listen to reggae; you watch a western; you eat McDonald’s at midday and local cuisine at night; you wear Paris perfume in Tokyo and dress retro in Hong Kong; knowledge is the stuff of TV game shows … Together, artist, gallery owner, critic, and public indulge one another in the Anything Goes — it is time to relax. But this realism of Anything Goes is the realism of money: in the absence of aesthetic criteria it is still possible to measure the value of works of art by the profits they realise.” (Lyotard 1992)For a happier note click here

Lyotard, Jean-François. 1992. The Postmodern Explained: Correspondence 1982-1985, trans. Don Barry, Bernadette Maher, Julian Pefanis, Virginia Spate and Morgan Thomas, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


  1. Ground Zero of everything…

    Mais tout va bien, le soleil brille à minuit.

    Comment by Serghei Litvin Manoliu — October 8, 2008 @ 9:24 pm

  2. Mr Hirst is the very soul and spirit of caring generosity – he has donated almost 0.01% of the Sotherby’s sale value to the hospice, being a father himself he clearly understands the value of children to their parents.
    A pretty painting which involves the use of animals bred speciffically to be killed on pupating into their adult (aesthetically pleasing to humans) form seems so appropriate.

    Comment by acw — October 13, 2008 @ 8:50 am

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