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Kseniya Simonova – genius or pop star?

December 28, 2009

I know my opinion doesn’t count but I think Picasso couldn’t sketch to save his life or the lives of those bulls that he watched go down in the ring. Dali and Pink Floyd could have established a very cool working relationship. And MC Escher was never really given his due.

That said, I have always been intrigued by what makes good art great. And when artists judge artists the subject gets murkier. Choosing between art for art’s sake and art that moves is like calling for a tossup between the heavily melodramatic Bollywood denouement of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black and the cold, quiet finis of Bergman’s Through A Glass Darkly. I have had people, who can otherwise be counted upon for their sane and balanced opinion, argue in favour of the former.

So watch Kseniya Simonova at work and judge for yourself. All of 24, this Ukrainian sand animator is an Internet phenomenon.

Is she a genius or a pop star?

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