Category Archives: Art

January 27, 2017

The Truth About Modern Art – Paul Joseph Watson (Video)

Why is modern art so terrible and what does it say about our society?

January 15, 2017

The Demise of Worthwhile Art (Video)

How art degenerated throughout history and a little trip through the Seattle Art Museum.

November 7, 2015

Andrew And Jamie Wyeth

Three generations of iconic American painters have illustrated great moments in history and captured the beauty of their surroundings.

Wyeth is an iconic name in American painting not just for Andrew, one of America’s foremost painters, whose Christina’s World is one of the most recognized images in American art. There was also Andrew’s father, N.C. Wyeth, a leading illustrator-painter of pirates, Pilgrims, and Wild West cowboys and Indians whose work lent the visual magic to books like Treasure Island and The Last of the Mohicans. And there is Andrew’s accomplished son, Jamie, who has painted everything from President John F. Kennedy to the farm animals of the rustic landscapes he calls home.

A connection to the land runs through the work of all three generations?—?a connection profoundly informed by their shared attachment to a particular patch in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, in the Brandywine Valley. In history, the countryside there is known as the site where Gen. George Washington’s troops fought the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War. In art, it became known as Wyeth country after N.C. bought 18 acres on Rocky Hill in 1911 with the proceeds from his illustrations for Treasure Island and built a home and studio overlooking the valley. There he set down roots and painted his surroundings while mentoring son Andrew, who would in turn do the same with son Jamie.

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May 16, 2015

This painting just sold for $46.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York

Sotheby’s notes on its website that “few 20th-century masters have inspired greater awe and reverence in their followers than” Rothko.

A Mark Rothko painting sold for $46.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, an evening in which several records were set including one for a work by German artist Sigmar Polke.

The Rothko work “Untitled, (Yellow and Blue),” measuring 2.42 meters by 1.86 meters (about 8 feet by 6.1 feet) and completed in 1954, had been estimated at between $40 million and $60 million.

The painting was once owned by American socialite Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, according to Bloomberg.

Rothko was one of the most successful and famous artists in America before he killed himself in 1970, The Guardian notes.

Sotheby’s notes on its website that “few 20th-century masters have inspired greater awe and reverence in their followers than” Rothko.

“Yellow and Blue” was one of the star pieces of this evening of auctions of contemporary works, including one by Roy Lichtenstein titled “The Ring.” Sotheby’s had expected it would go for $50 million, but in the end it sold for $41.69 million.

Another highlight of the sale, “Abstraktes Bild” by Germany’s Gerhard Richter, was auctioned for $28.25 million, just under its presale estimate of $30 million.

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March 3, 2015

Clinton’s Blue Dress Blues: Dem President Gets Taste of Subversive Art

According to the artist, the Clintons now want the portrait removed.

Usually the artistic community singles out Christians and conservatives for subversive attacks. This week it was Democrat Bill Clinton who got a taste of an artist’s sting when the artist responsible for the former-president’s portrait for the National Portrait Gallery revealed he slipped in a reminder of Clinton’s sordid affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Painted in 2006, painter Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News, “The reality is he’s probably the most famous liar of all time. He and his administration did some very good things, of course, but I could never get this Monica thing completely out of my mind and it is subtly incorporated in the painting.”

He added, “If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things.”

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February 11, 2015

Islamic Depictions of Mohammed in Full

Medieval Muslim artists often created paintings and illuminated manuscripts depicting Mohammed in full. Several examples are presented here.

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Mohammed, along with Buraq and Gabriel, visit Hell, and see a demon punishing “shameless women” who had exposed their hair to strangers. For this crime of inciting lust in men, the women are strung up by their hair and burned for eternity. Persian, 15th century.


Next, Mohammed sees women strung up by hooks thrust through their tongues by a green demon. Their crimes were to “mock” their husbands and to leave their homes without permission. Persian, 15th century.


Further on, Mohammed sees a red demon that is torturing women by hanging them up by hooks through their breasts, as they are engulfed in flames. The women are being punished for giving birth to illegitimate children whom they falsely claimed were fathered by their husbands. Persian, 15th century.

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February 2, 2015

America’s Home-Made Art

“Each locality must produce its own literary record,” wrote Garland. “I am a Western man… I want to see its prairies, its river banks and couples, its matchless skies, put upon canvas. I want to see its young writers writing better books, its young artists painting pictures that are true to the life they live and the life they know. I want to see the West supporting its own painters and musicians and novelists … the Western writer must, above all other things, be true to himself and to his time.”

Niveous? I’ll say.

Thirty miles to our west enough snow has fallen to bury LeBron James, but neither snow nor rain nor cover charge could keep us from visiting “Alexander O. Levy: American Artist, Art Deco Painter,” a welcome exhibit dedicated to the German-born, Ohio-bred Buffalo illustrator, regionalist, and cranky reactionary of the Queen City.

Though lauded in prewar Europe as an unusual Art Deco/traditionalist hybrid, Levy (1881-1947) was staunchly cisatlantic, explaining, “I have never felt the need of travel for inspiration. In my opinion, an artist can find enough that is beautiful and interesting to paint within a block of his home.”

Clearly Levy was a man of boundless imagination, in the fashion of Bernard DeVoto, who asked the unanswerable question, “Why see Paris, France, if you haven’t seen Paris, Illinois?”

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November 6, 2013

Art or Threat in Culture of Downtown Palm Springs (Video)

“Latino art” snakes its way into Palm Springs.

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October 4, 2013

McNaughton’s Latest Painting Depicts American Standing Up For Gun Rights

“Since our country’s inception, we have proudly believed in the right of each citizen to own firearms. No man, or group, can take away these unalienable rights,” McNaughton said.

Artist Jon McNaughton is standing up for gun rights in his latest painting.

Titled “Stand Your Ground” – a controversial law brought into the limelight when George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. – his work depicts a man dressed in soldier fatigues holding both an assault rifle and an American flag.

“America is about freedom. We believe in strong families, patriotism, God, and justice. We won’t bother you if you don’t bother us . . . well, that’s the way it should be,” McNaughton stated about the piece.

McNaughton – who previously painted President Barack Obama trampling the Constitution and burning it – wanted to show why gun ownership is important in this country.

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September 5, 2013

Conservatives Avoid Fine Arts at Their Peril in Culture War Fight

Our longest engagement to date is the culture war currently taking place in our own back yard. And with no end in sight, liberal/progressive/collectivists have been kicking some serious conservative ass–seemingly without resistance–for the last few decades.

And where the culture goes–so went the country.

Shamelessly transforming our way of life, collectivists have been flexing their cultural muscles; exercising their game plans; shifting strategies to meet any opposition; and patiently inching closer and closer for the final blow.


“Black and White and Red All Over”

And while progressives were T.C.B. and lying to our face, too many Americans were content to simply enjoy all the hard earned gifts laid out before them by their predecessors, without a care in the world or a thought about mañana.

Oblivious, they hadn’t noticed the collectivist agenda slowly creeping into every facet of their complacent lives, until they were finally bitch-slapped into consciousness by reality, coming to in a home no longer their own.

Now easy targets, the left pounced; relentlessly ridiculing them and accusing them of every hate crime ever suffered by humanity, until they were so beaten down, they found themselves feeling guilty as charged and deserving of any and all abuses.

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