Category Archives: Art

October 25, 2017

Christina Hoff Sommers & Sir Roger Scruton: Free speech, philosophy, and art (Video)

Do modern campuses actually value ideas and intellectual discourse? Should there be limits on capitalism? Is modern architecture bad? Sir Roger Scruton and Christina Hoff Sommers discuss each of these topics and more.

July 29, 2017

In Germany, there’s a replica of The Parthenon made from 100,000 banned books

Some of the literature included are Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

South American artist Marta Minujin has built a stunning replica of Athens’ famous Parthenon using not concrete, but instead, an unconventional construction material: books – 100,000 copies of them.

Part of this year’s 100-day ‘Documenta 14’ art exhibition in Kassel, Germany, the installation features 100,000 books wrapped around the Greek temple’s façade. It’s called The Parthenon of Books, and it comprises 170 titles that have been censored around the world.

To find these books, the 74-year-old artist from Argentina asked help from students at Kassal University in coming up with a list of 170 banned titles, then she asked the public in finding donated copies.

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June 10, 2017

Prof: ‘white marble’ in artwork contributes to white supremacy

In a recent op-ed, Professor Sarah Bond argued that the “white marble” often seen in classical artwork was initially colored. As a result, she suggests that “the equation of white marble with beauty” contributes to “white supremacist ideas today.”

A University of Iowa professor recently argued that appreciation of “white marble” used in classical artwork contributes to “white supremacist ideas today.”

Professor Sarah Bond demonstrates in an article published in Hyperallergic that “many of the statues, reliefs, and sarcophagi created in the ancient Western world were in fact painted,” meaning the “white marble” often seen in such pieces of art were intended to be colored.

Consequently, Bond argues that “the equation of white marble with beauty is not an inherent truth of the universe,” and is thus “a dangerous construct that continues to influence white supremacist ideas today.”

Bond goes on to point out that “most museums and art history textbooks contain a predominantly neon white display of skin tone,” which “has an impact on the way we view the antique world.”

“The assemblage of neon whiteness serves to create a false idea of homogeneity — everyone was very white! — across the Mediterranean region,” she adds, later stating that misconceptions of the classical era provide “further ammunition for white supremacists today, including groups like Identity Europa, who use classical statuary as a symbol of white male superiority.”

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May 16, 2017

How Leftism And The U.S. Government Corrupted American Art

In the last century, few crafts have changed as radically as the visual arts. Painting and sculpture was transformed by a radical shift in style. Traditionalism and aestheticism disappeared, replaced by abstract expressionism and postmodernity. But this didn’t happen by accident, or even organically: it was, at least in part, the deliberate product of social engineering.

In 1947, the U.S. State Department organised an international modern art exhibition titled, “Advancing American Art.” The purpose was to disprove Soviet claims that America was culturally inferior. One such Soviet claim was the phrase, “??????????? ?????” which meant, “rotting West” and was used to describe the moral and social decline of the United States in particular.

The State Department’s efforts achieved precisely the opposite effect to the one intended. “If that’s art, I’m a Hottentot,” declared President Harry S. Truman. One congressman publicly denounced the show: “I am just a dumb American who pays taxes for this kind of trash.” The tour was cancelled. Humiliated, the U.S. Government devised a plan; the State Department was kicked off the project and the CIA was brought in.

Under normal conditions the CIA is supposed to be responsible for obtaining information from internal and external threats and deliver them to the U.S. President and his cabinet. Apparently Truman’s administration felt either embarrassed enough, or considered this matter enough of a national security risk, to involve the agency. Now the goals were to promote modern and abstract art, in order to make America seem more sophisticated and cosmopolitan and to make the Soviets look out of touch.

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March 30, 2017

Why Modern Art is Absolute Crap – Paul Joseph Watson (Video)

And why the cancer is spreading to popular culture.

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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