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About’s attitude did not differ from that of the opponents of academic fini in this respect. Indeed, few critics really cared about academic theory. Rather than describing the fini of academic paintings as an immaterial screen, critics compared it to materials with a smooth surface. Most prevalent were comparisons with porcelain and silk, although more inventive critics gave full reign to their imagination. 12 Hiding making Given its critical reception, one might wonder why academic painters insisted on fini.
27 For three weeks, men, women and children aged between six and sixty were Gormley’s intelligent, self-acting instruments in their brick manufactory (fig. 3). 28 In the age of the mouse-click and the disappearance of manual labor and manual skills in Western industrial societies, Gormley’s method seems an exoticism. 29 The activities of artists working with physical stuff — as is the case for Richard Serra or Antony Gormley — can be visually reconstructed. The cooperation of studio, workshop and industry make production processes interesting for a public that is no longer subjected to such processes in their daily lives.
For the artist sometimes stared at a painting for several hours without doing anything; then he went away, came back, and finished the picture within minutes, simply by adding an unexpected color. In one case we have a minute description of how Turner repainted a stormy seascape merely by pressing white paint into the bumpy surface of the canvas, transforming it from a gray, stormy-looking work into something brilliant, white and shiny, as if — a colleague noted — he had turned on the light. These painting performances during the Varnishing Days in the 34 Royal Academy took place in the presence of the country’s artistic elite.
Hiding making - showing creation : the studio from Turner to Tacita Dean by Rachel Esner, Sandra Kisters, Ann-Sophie Lehmann