Saturday, March 26, 2011
The idea's not to make a Poussin.  Poussin made Poussins.  A literal recreation of a period style -- or the appearance of a style's recreation -- equals kitsch, and definitely qualifies as a major aesthetic error (qv. Lempicka; Schnabel; late Picabia).  That said, I think it's entirely possible to make artworks that gesture toward other works, just as photographs gesture toward the things they depict.  This tendency can be more or less pronounced, and is currently better theorized in music than in the depictive arts (qv. DJ Shadow's Endtroducing... (1996) and J Dilla's Donuts (2006), among many, many others).

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