Delvaux + Wagner + Williams


1957. Oil on canvas, 270 x 200 cm. Koninklij Museum voor Schone Kunsten

Screen Shot 2018-03-29 at 2.04.12 PMA Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (3 ed.), John Glaves-Smith and Ian Chilvers

Here is a late piece by the one and only Bernard Williams from The New York Review of Books. (It’s easy to imagine the crass approach the regressive activist academic would have in explicating Wagner’s anti-Semitism).

The only reason for worrying about Wagner’s works is that they are powerful and interesting. But if that is so, what difference would these signatures, these local coded messages, make?