I recently finished Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty which is a “loosely” fictionalized book based on very real characters in the contemporary art world. Not until I finished reading Art Info’s interview with critic Michael Peppiatt did Martin’s superfluous description of a poly-syllabic speaking art critic make PERFECT SENSE. In the book, the protagonist, Daniel, is at a dinner during Art Basel Miami and is seated next to the aforementioned art-writer. Every time the critic opens his mouth, the rest of the dinner guests tune out, mostly because of how convoluted and boring he sounded. He reminded me exactly of Art Info’s interviewee. Below is my top three favorite quotes from the interview. Enjoy.
And who should play you? (In a Francis Bacon Biopic)
Several people like Ewan McGregor or Jude Law because I have been several people; then me, as I am now, as the narrator in the background, looming forward to show time’s ‘thievius’ progress.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Yes,” as when I’m asked to do things like this interview.
Best quote you ever got?
"Peppiatt is the best art writer of his generation," Andrew Lambirth (The Art Newspaper)
I suggest all of you go read the interview for more face-palm moments.
Interview with Michael Peppiatt