Vermeer 1, Currin 0

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Re: Roberta’s Nov. 11 post expressing surprise at Charlie Finch’s love of John Currin.

Finch is so over-the-top smarmy-kissy that it’s embarrassing.

I wonder what the back story is, because, as Village Voice art critic Jerry Saltz mentioned yesterday at the ICA, the only artist everyone likes unequivocally is Vermeer (shown, Soldier and Laughing Girl), and if you can figure out what it is that Vermeer has, then perhaps you will be able to define what good art is.

The rest is purely subjective. And surely John Currin is no Vermeer, and therefore not worthy of such a ridiculous defense (or was it an offense?).

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