Award-winning painter Peter Goodfellow is launching a new book and exhibition project which blames some of the world’s richest contemporary artists for destroying the quality of the craft in Britain. The book, ‘Treason of the Scholars’, targets YBA leaders Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Jay Joplin and Larry Gagosian and accuses their king-makers Charles Saatchi and Sir Nicholas Serota of creating a false economy in order to drive sales.
Peter, who also runs The Lost Gallery in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, said: “This scene has resulted in the modern public’s alienation from contemporary art, as the concept of art as a mode of communication and reflection of society has been almost lost. Traditional skills in the art field have suffered. Artistic craft, learning, content and judgement have each been compromised by commercialism, cynicism and politics.”
Goodfellow has recruited historian David Starkey, philosopher Roger Scruton and Scotsman art critic and Artmag contributor Duncan MacMillan to write essays for the book, which will be published by London art gallery Panter & Hall, where the exhibition will take place October 21 to November 6.