Flustered by the drivel that passes for 'great' art?

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The Art Renewal Center

Lost in the gutter of Cubism, Modernism, Post-modernism, Expressionism, Dadaism and other rubbishisms? Find real art at the ARC.

False Gods

They can't draw or paint or create a half-decent artwork but are worshiped by the art establishment as Gods. We prefer to remain infidels and refuse to kowtow to the False Gods of Art.

How the culture-vultures impoverished my soul

One expects art to ennoble our souls, much like a novel by Victor Hugo or a film by Bimal Roy. Instead, stepping into a gallery is like stepping on shit -bullshit.

Critiquing the critics

We smack down these smug bastards and their idiotic art-jargonese con mucho gusto!

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Dec 30, 2006

Plumber or artist?

Suppose your pipes (your houses’, that is!) are leaking. You phone a plumber. He arrives, takes out from the back of his van a few dozen cans of beer. He then climbs a ledge, begins to empty can after can of beer down his throat, and then jumps! Okay, it is not hard to say he is not a plumber, he’s a fake or a crazy. How can we say that? Because we all know what plumbing is and a plumber is someone who does ‘plumbing’ , or ‘A craftsman who installs and repairs pipes and fixtures and appliances’, according to a dictionary.
Okay, he’s not a plumber- but what if he says he is an artist what he is doing is art? Can you tell if he is or not? How can you tell if you don’t know what is art? And who are you to say that he is not?
So if you don’t know, what do you do? Well, most people just defer to the ‘experts’, most people shrug and think- okay, I don’t know what art is but the ‘experts’ do.
So let’s hear the experts-

That man swilling beer and about to leap is – (drum roll here) - an artist, a true artist, a wonderful artist!

(The following is lifted shamelessly from Scott Burgess)
"A Japanese artist Miss Takahashi, has been paid £5,000 of taxpayer's money to attempt to drink 48 cans of beer and then fall off a wooden beam."

And who is Miss Takahashi?

"Miss Takahashi is an internationally renowned artist. Her work constantly questions the way products are marketed and the role of mass media in society."
"This wasn't just about a woman drinking a lot of beer. This was a powerful piece of art."

So relax. You called a plumber but a great artist turned up. You lucky son-of-a-gun! As for your leaking pipes, let’s call it art, an installation that will constantly question the moral mores of our culture. And here’s hoping that the next lot of £5,000 of taxpayer's money lands in your lap.

Dec 23, 2006

What the heck is art? Part 1

Let's kick off with one of the oldest mysteries of the world-
What the heck is art?

The question is said to be as old as the caveman himself. When he was making the first drawings with the charred sticks on the wall of a cave, the art critic sitting outside, chewing idly the last of the Mammoth kebab, was ruminating - “is this art?"

Unfortunately, the theories of the first art critic have been lost in the mists of the time. I wonder if he had been able to answer definitively this most eternal of all questions-
What the heck is art?

I wonder if he did a better job than the legions of undecipherable modern critics, the innumerable raging academics armed with multiple PhD’s shooting theory after theory from the fortified ramparts of the culture studies departments, since they can't seem to be able to agree on, you know -
What the heck is art?

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