"Chris Huhne (60, Westminster, PPE Magdalen, self-destructively heterosexual), the Default Man we chose to interview for our series, pooh-poohed any suggestion when asked if he benefited from membership or if he represented this group. Lone Default Man will never admit to, or be fully aware of, the tribal advantages of his identity. They are, naturally, full subscribers to that glorious capitalist project, they are individuals!"
Grayson Perry’s guest-edited issue of the New Statesman? Whaaat?!?
"Histories do not break off clean, like a glass rod; they fray, stretch, and come undone, like rope; and some strands never part. There was no specific year in which the Renaissance ended, but it did end, although culture is still permeated with the remnants of Renaissance thought. So it is with modernism, only more so, because we are that much closer to it. Its reflexes still work, its limbs move, the parts are mostly there, but they no longer seem to function as a live organic whole. The modernist achievement will continue to affect culture for decades to come, because it was so large, so imposing, and so irrefutably convincing. But our relation to its hopes has become nostalgic. The age of the New, like that of Pericles, has entered history. We now face the void of wholly monetarized art, in whose overlit shallows thin voices are heard proclaiming their own emptiness to be (what else?) a ‘new development.’"
Robert Hughes on “the end of modernism,” The Shock of the New, p.376.
Nice work predicting the “Young British Artists” of the 1990s, that “wholly monetarized art” patronised by Charles Saatchi.