Pretentiousness: Why It Matters by Dan Fox

By Dan Fox

Pretentiousness is for someone who has braved being various, even if that's creating a stand opposed to creative consensus or operating the gauntlet of the final bus domestic dressed in a different way from each person else. It's a vital aspect in pop song and excessive artwork. Why will we opt for accusations of elitism over open-mindedness? What do our anxieties approximately "pretending" say approximately us?
Co-editor of frieze, Europe's most efficient journal of up to date artwork and tradition, Dan Fox has authored over 2 hundred essays, interviews, and reports and contributed to various catalogues and courses produced by way of significant overseas paintings galleries and institutions.

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Pretentiousness: Why It Matters

Pretentiousness is for a person who has braved being diverse, even if that's creating a stand opposed to creative consensus or working the gauntlet of the final bus domestic dressed in a different way from every person else. It's a necessary element in pop song and excessive artwork. Why can we pick out accusations of elitism over open-mindedness?

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We all have self-cures for strong feeling. Ten the self-cure becomes a problem, in the obvious sense that the problem of the alcoholic is not alcohol but sobriety. Drinking becomes a problem, but actually the problem is 40 what’s being cured by the alcohol. By the time we’re adults, we’ve all become alcoholics. Tat’s to say, we’ve all evolved ways of deadening certain feelings and thoughts. One of the reasons we admire or like art, if we do, is that it reopens us in some sense—as Kafa wrote in a letter, art breaks the sea that’s frozen inside us.

PHI LLI PS No. Relationships should make us feel better. Why else bother? But there are diferent ways of feeling better. And I don’t think the project is to make people feel better. Nor is it to make people feel worse. It’s not to make them feel anything. It’s simply to allow them to see what it is they do feel. And then what redescription might change. INT ERV IEW ER And this is done through a conversation? PHI LLI PS It’s done through conversation, but it’s also done through the medium of who the analyst happens to be.

But there was something familiar about the voice. And so that bridged the gap, because Winnicott is chronically English, and obviously my family are not. INT ERV IEW ER I want to ask what you mean by that, but already I’m struck by the centrality of books in this story. PHI LLI PS When I went to school as an adolescent, I had an English teacher who talked about literature with the same kind of passion that my family talked about each other. In other words, there was an intensity in this engagement that I’d never heard before.

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