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p. 713. From Picasso to pop idols: the eminence of the artistlocked

  • David Cottington


In the art world the concept of ‘genius’ seems to have been superseded by that of ‘celebrity’. ‘From Picasso to pop idols: the eminence of the artist’ examines the relationship between the two terms, starting with how the definition of ‘genius’ shifted from meaning exercising technical skill and reason to embodying creativity and charisma. What can we make of the present celebrity status of some contemporary artists, such as Tracey Emin, whose name has acquired an unprecedented degree of recognition in the history of British art, largely thanks to the media? Why is an artist such as Emin a celebrity if her status as an artist as at odds with critical (and public) estimation of her art?

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