Comments on: Abstract Critical Debate at Mummery and Schnelle Gallery Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Pollard Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:49:28 +0000 I really enjoyed this entertaining debate, particularly the compare and contrasting standpoints of both speakers. I am intrigued by Robin’s ideas which, like the abstract painting he likes, are complex, and at times apparently (but mostly only apparently) contradictory.
I think that it is ok to think and discuss how we look at paintings, the connection between abstract painting and being human, even using the term ‘language’, but what is most important is the work itself – ‘what it does’ sounds spot on to me. And this is really hard which is one reason artists get caught up with the kind of talk Robin doesn’t like. Another reason is that it seems to be bloody hard to paint good abstract paintings.
There seems to be an awful lot of mediocre stuff which cannot be covered up by pseudo-philosophical/psychological /political rubbish. I don’t mind this rubbish if the work is good!
I like Robin’s tough love honesty and dry enthusiasm and also hope for the future for abstract art. There is some really good stuff on this website; keep it going.

By: Nikko Miladinovich Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:07:36 +0000 I just watched an artist interview where a comment was made about Duchamp’s “Prelude to a Broken Arm (the snowshovel) that seemed to cut right to the heart of what Robin’s position is in this debate. The artist was talking about the opposite of building an image and using the physicality of paint and mentioned “The Snowshovel” saying that “it’s not a hell of a lot to look at, but it thinks good”. That’s all. I just heard that phrase, and I instantly cringed on Robin’s behalf.