20 December 2018
Tal R Guilty Pleasures
Tal R, The pleasure (2017). Pigment and rabbit skin glue on canvas. 97 x 132 cm. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London. © Tal R.
It's not often that you hear 'pleasure' mentioned in the context of contemporary art these days. Somehow, in these times of refugee crises, the rise of various forms of radical nationalism, the discourse of politics degenerating into an exchange of insults, the natural environment becoming less and less natural, if not gradually destroyed, and the gulf between rich and poor ever increasing, the notion of contemporary art being a source of pleasure (rather than critique or reflection) seems unfashionable, untopical and, well, generally unrealistic in terms of the world we actually inhabit. And these days we want art to speak to that world.