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Category: Art

Oct 14 2022

Moonbats Attack Priceless Van Gogh

The weather will be nice now. Moonbats have placated the climate gods by attempting to sacrifice a great work of art:

This took place at the National Gallery in London on Friday. The Wall Street Journal reports:

The protest was organized by the group Just Stop Oil, which aims to stop the U.K. government from engaging in new oil and gas licenses and projects. Metropolitan Police in London said the two protesters were arrested for criminal damage and aggravated trespass.

The gunk they threw on “Sunflowers” was evidently tomato soup. Al Gore meets Andy Warhol.

The Independent adds,

It is one of the most popular paintings in the National Gallery, and is thought to be the picture that Van Gogh was most proud of.

According to the museum, only the frame was damaged. But it wasn’t for want of trying.

Destroying a famous painting is as likely to improve the weather as any boondoggles Democrats have inflated American currency by wasting trillions of dollars on.

The actual reason for attacking the Van Gogh is that it is precious. The essential objective of leftism is to destroy what is precious: freedom, decency, dignity, innocence, holiness, Western Civilization, the human race, everything.

On a tip from Occam’s Stubble.

Aug 16 2022

Liberal Agenda Applied Through Modern Art

To understand what leftism does to every institution it infiltrates, look to modern art, which succumbed to moonbattery long ago:

The escalation from passing trash off as art to using trash to deface real art exemplifies the malicious mentality of postmodernism. Critical Theory — prominently including our state religion under Democrat rule, Critical Race Theory — is an outgrowth of postmodernism (see the recommended book Cynical Theories for details).

Postmodernists seek to “deconstruct” — that is, to disfigure, desecrate, and destroy. Note that they do the same thing to children’s bodies by deconstructing gender.

The Culture War is total war. The losing side will be eradicated. If we lose, Thomas Picton will never have existed — and neither will any art worth looking at.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jun 02 2022

Why Mona Lisa Attacker Is Himself a Notable Artist

We can’t be living in a black comedy, because no fiction writer would employ such ham-fisted symbolism, even for laughs. Consider the cross-dressing kook who attempted to destroy the Mona Lisa on behalf of environmentalism.

To protect against such psychos, the painting is encased in protective glass.

The protester – a young man disguised as an old woman in a wheelchair – attacked the glass and attempted to smash it on Sunday. One witness tweeted that the man proceeded to “smear cake on the glass, and throws roses everywhere” before being tackled by security.

As he was escorted out, the righteous young moonbat barked, “Think of the Earth, people are destroying the Earth.”

If one work of art symbolizes the cultural achievement of Western Civilization, it would be Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, estimated to be worth up to $50 billion if it were sold at auction.

A person with mental problems, pretending to be disabled and therefore a victim, also pretending to be the opposite sex, attacks Western Civilization on behalf of an ideology that is coherent only in that it is homogeneously antihuman. This guy is liberalism personified.

Even the cake is a nice touch, especially considering that this happened in Paris — recalling “Let them eat cake” and reminding us how the radical left consists primarily of pampered, spoilt elitists now that it is the establishment.

If performance art really is art, he is as much an artist as the woke generation can be expected to produce. He has captured the spirit of our times.

On a tip from Blackjack.

Oct 13 2021

Art Institute of Chicago Fires Volunteers for Being White

What goes around, comes around. You might assume that no one could be more politically correct than unpaid workers at a Chicago art museum. But that didn’t protect them from being fired for being insufficiently “diverse” — i.e., for being white:

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), one of the world’s finest art museums, harbors (or rather, harbored) 122 highly skilled docents, 82 active ones and 40 “school group greeters.” All are volunteers and are all unpaid. Their job is to act as guides to the Museum’s collection of 300,000 works, which they explain to both adults and schoolchildren. I’ve seen them in action at the Museum, and they’re terrific.

Despite the position being unpaid, training requirements are rigorous.

Many of the volunteers—though not all—are older white women, who have the time and resources to devote so much free labor to the Museum. But the demographics of that group weren’t appealing to the AIC, and so, in late September, the AIC fired all of them, saying they’d be replaced by smaller number of hired volunteers workers who will be paid $25 an hour.

Paying the replacements will not result in more knowledgeable docents. But they won’t be Caucasian; that’s the important thing.

On tips from R F and Brian Brandt.

Oct 04 2021

An Honest Modern Artist

As documented in the book Cynical Theories, Democrats’ critical theory creed grew out of postmodernism. Postmodernism is doing to politics what it did long ago to art. Having pushed the postmodernist envelope as far as they could in every other direction, an artist has resorted to openly admitting that art has been reduced to a scam:

A Danish artist was given $84,000 by a museum to use in a work of art. When he delivered the piece he was supposed to make, it was not as promised. Instead, the artist, Jens Haaning, gave the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark two blank canvases and said they were titled “Take the Money and Run.”

They expected him to literally use the money in the piece, as he had done in previous work. But Haaning has better uses for it.

This may be the biggest event in art history since 1917, when Marcel Duchamp purchased a urinal, turned it upside down, signed it “R. Mutt,” and submitted it as an artwork entitled Fountain to New York’s Society of Independent Artists.

We will know that moonbattery has begun to recede when art once again requires skill rather than gall.

On a tip from Franco.

Jun 10 2021

Paul Joseph Watson on Salvatore Garau’s Invisible Art

In the video below, Paul Joseph Watson explains how the previously mentioned Salvatore Garau has applied a tactic called “artistic obscurantism” to rake in money for nothing. This technique bullies the weak into going along with his scam lest they seem unenlightened, while jacking up the perceived value of literally worthless “art.”

Maybe there is more to nonexistent art than a scam. Unless he believes his own BS, Garau really is an artist, and not only a con artist, in the sense that he reflects an important truth about the times we live in. As PJW puts it,

“What does it say about the vacuousness of our times that 500 years after the jaw-dropping majesty of the David statue, our generation’s David is a banana gaffer-taped to a wall? Does Salvatore Garau have any self-awareness? Is him cashing in on literally nothing a genuine work of comedic performance art? According to Garau, his art represents a perfect metaphor of our days. Couldn’t have put it better myself.”

Academia has applied the obscurantism approach to even more pernicious effect, at a vastly higher cost borne by not only willful dupes but the entire public. It is harder to excuse liberal arts professors on the grounds that they could be passing off nonsense as wisdom to make a deliberate point.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jun 09 2021

Hope Offered by Invisible Art

In 1917, French artist Marcel Duchamp purchased a urinal and submitted it to the Society of Independent Artists as his own work of art. This is said to have “changed art forever.” To this day, artists continue to scam fools by retelling minor variations on Duchamp’s lame joke. The latest iteration is an artwork by Italy’s Salvatore Garau, which sold for $18,000 despite not existing.

If Duchamp was right that anything can be art, then it stands to reason that nothing can be art. So that’s what Garau creates. A recent sculpture is entitled, “I Am.”

Italy 24 News reports:

The work was sold for 15 thousand euros in the auction organized by Art-Rite, one of the rare Italian auction houses that deals with “sessions” dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.

For the money, the buyer got a certificate of ownership of the nonexistent artwork.

The immaterial sculptures by Salvatore Garau – who had already exhibited his installation “Buddha in contemplation” last February in Piazza della Scala in Milan – “have a new historical value and represent a perfect metaphor of our days”, reads a note. The work “is completely invisible and cannot, therefore, be reproduced on the network. Not to mention that Garau’s intangible works have zero environmental impact”.

Garau explains his work to those who don’t have a college degree in art appreciation:

“The void is nothing but a space full of energy, and even if we empty it and nothing remains, according to Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle that nothingness has a weight. It therefore has energy that condenses and transforms itself into particles, in short, in us! When I decide to “exhibit” an immaterial sculpture in a given space, that space will concentrate a certain quantity and density of thoughts in a precise point, creating a sculpture that from my title alone will take the most varied forms.”

The effect of moonbattery on Western art is now complete. First it insulted and debased art (e.g., Duchamp). Then it rendered art incompetent (e.g., Jackson Pollock, Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning). Now it has erased art altogether. It is likely to have a similar effect on every other aspect of civilization.

This could be good news when it comes to the federal government. After the debasement of Obama and the incompetence of Biden, maybe it will disappear altogether, leaving us with only state and local governments, from which we might actually derive some benefit.

On tips from Franco and ABC of the ANC.

May 20 2021

Burning Police Station Wins College Art Award

The reason America’s decline has been so precipitous, taking us from Ronald Reagan to Joe Biden in less than half a century, is that the country is not falling on its own. It is being pushed. Progressives promote our national decline wherever they have established hegemony, nowhere more blatantly than in the arts and education:

A painting of a Minneapolis police station going up in flames won a recent award from a student-run art magazine at Valparaiso University.

As you might expect, the painting looks like a little kid did it.

“Order is Not Justice,” a work by Sam “Doc” Janowiak, received a first-place award in the annual “Artivism” contest run by The Lighter, a campus magazine featuring promoting poetry, short stories, and visual arts.

Evidently there are no grownups at Indiana’s extravagantly pricey Valparaiso University to point out that savages burning down a police station in honor of a criminal is not an event to celebrate.

The announcement of Janowiak’s award on Instagram was “liked” by the Valparaiso Department of Communications, several fraternities and sororities (Janowiak is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon), and a number of student government accounts.

What we celebrate, we will get more of.

Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

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