|The Guardian have run an interesting article about what happens when the sins of an artist are so great that they negate their art. Many arguments have been had in these forums about if someone's ego or sexism or lack of releasing their dvd or just general douchebaggery is enough to lose fans and negate the music they release -- but the pure evil of Ian Watkin's has taken this debate to a whole new level. |
In fact, our cultural life is replete with art made by those whose personal lives bear little scrutiny. In the Nazi corner alone, we have the film-maker Leni Riefenstahl, the poet Ezra Pound and the philosopher Martin Heidegger, none of whom have been "decanonised", despite critical caveats about their political views. In the world of film, Roman Polanski continued to make films, albeit from outside the US, despite fleeing a conviction for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in Los Angeles in 1977, ahead of sentencing. Why, then, was he able to continue making art?