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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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