Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Peggy Macnamara - beautiful as a pejorative


Peggy Macnamara was recently featured on NPR. She is the only artist-in-residence at the Field Museum. During her NPR interview, she said that one of the worst criticisms she ever got was that her work was "beautiful." Macnamara quipped that she felt pretty good about "beautiful" being the worst pejorative she has received about her work. After viewing her work, I see that it is feels mostly Appollonian, refined and almost mathematical. Perhaps the critic was saying there wasn't enough Dyonisian influence in her work. They mostly look like exercises in form or scientific art. Some of her work is beautiful in that gasping sort of way, but mostly just in her use of colors. What do you think?

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