2011 was a bad year, really bad. The most repeated word was ‘crisis’: economic crisis, collapse of the stock market, excessive amount of the external debt and so. I think it is not the economic crisis which has destroyed us but the contempt for the culture. In the late 19th and early 20th (avant-garde), culture started to be an economic value which was bidding and exhibited in markets. At first, it was good that paintings or books were well disseminated among the middle class in this way and there came a growing interest in knowledge and art, an interest that only the wealthy classes shared before. This worked well until the eighties of the last century. Afterwards, financial capitalism became too greedy and false, also in the world of culture. A lot of dealers and distributors began to handle books and master pieces, without understanding of culture and understanding too much about stupid transactions which benefited them. They bought canned vomit, canvas with spots and books with a repeated plot about a papyrus of the Templars, hidden in a toilet, which contains a secret which can save mankind. Marketing and advertising… and prices rose!: who won? Neither the authors nor the artists nor the public, only them. Picasso’s time spent and now, only dealers make money.
No culture = No ethics; and No ethics = Bad economy.
Fortunately , internet has offered new ways and the collapse of the current financial system will require rethinking that culture is a serious thing: the foundation of everything else.
Yareah magazine wants to help to revive culture, understanding the work of old great authors and artists (our teachers) and promoting the efforts of the new one (effort is not to can vomit).
In this number of January 2012, we study Mark Twain (a classic author) and Murillo or Clara Peeters (two Baroque painters) but we also study the work of Paula Yestera and Eleanor Leonne Bennett (two current young artists) and the poetry of Joseph Mailander (a great writer from California). Ann Timmermans will write on art, the same as the usual collaborators.
Still Life is a theme for meditation because an apple is not only a fruit but something which spoils and it shows the frugality of life: we only have a life and we must seize it.
I hope we seize 2012 and we do something more than money.
Isabel del Rio