Scotland’s best galleries have become well decorated canteens for the wealthy.

The following passage is from a text by Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (July 26, 1937 – March 22, 1980). I would hope any Scottish artists or observers may find this interesting. Scotland’s arts should be more accessible. Scotland’s best galleries have become well decorated canteens for the wealthy.

Art is no longer an instrument of intellectual domination, can no longer be used as something ‘supreme’ unattainable, as pleasure for the whisky drinking bourgeois or the speculative individual: the only art of the past which will remain is that which can be apprehended as direct emotion, what can release the individual from his oppressive conditioning, giving him a new dimension which responds to his behaviour. The rest will fall, since it was an instrument of domination. One thing is definite and certain: the search for the supra-sensorial, for man’s life experiences, is the ‘discovery of will’, through which the ‘experimental exercise of liberty’ (Pedrosa), by the individual to which it opens itself. Only truths matter here, in themselves, without metaphorical transposition

Hélio Oiticica 1937-1980 ‘Appearance of the Supra-Sensorial’ from English translation Hélio Oiticica, Rotterdam: Witte de With; Minneapolis: Walker Art Center 1992

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