Jacob Epstein

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Jacob Epstein

From Jeffery LeMieux

Published before 2005


Mike McConn wrote:
Below are two different pieces by the same artist, Jacob Epstein.

  • http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=4110&searchid=8614
  • http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?cgroupid=999999961&workid=4122&searchid=8614

    From a personal perspective there is no doubt which piece provides a more meditative and stilling aesthetic expierence, that indescribable sensation one often enjoys when standing in front of a beautiful and moving work. Rock Drill on the other hand might be classified as disturbing, perhaps even prophetic. In any event, and in both pieces, the intention of a great artist realized. Which begs the question. Are some "intentions" more valid than others?

  • The problem with intent is that it can never be captured except by the limited expression that reveals it. Thus, it can never be compared because it can always be modified or evaded. Further, defining success as the degree to which intent is realized leaves aside the necessary judgement of value inherent in intents. Clearly there are good and bad intents. If I intend to make a piece of garbage and succeed in doing so, do I get to be called "master?"

    I think not.

    Jeffery