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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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Jul 5, 2007

Another false god -Jeram Patel

Yes, Mr. Patel,
after looking at your
thingies, I feel this way too.

Hear all ye art lovers - bow and kneel as you behold your new god, the great Jeram Patel. The gates of pantheon have opened to let in this master of all master artists. He is now officially the legendary Mr.Patel-
(from the print edition of the Hindustan Times, Delhi edition(regd. reqd.) )
In a ceremony held at India International Centre, Lecture Hall, Lalit Kala Akademi awarded fellowship to Mr. Jeram Patel. This honorary title certifies the artist as a National Legend. Mr. Jeram Patel (b. 1930, Sojitra, Kaira Dist., Gujarat) was the student of Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai. Today, most of his exhibitions are held in India and abroad. A living legend, Mr. Patel have(sic) set the trends of Indian art and given a new meaning to the devices of artistic imagery. Mr. Patel is the 50th proud recipient of this highest honour. He enters the niche group of legends such as- Mr.Jamini Roy, Mr.Nandlal Bose,Mr. N.S. Bendre. Mr. M. F. Hussain and Ms.
Kapila Vatsyayan.

It is said that the gods we worship tell something about us. And what kind of a god is Mr. Patel?
He paints some blackish, longish, jumbled up thingies. A sample-

See more of these thingies here.
For these he is considered legendary by that council of wise men and women that make up the Lalit Kala Akademi.

I often wonder if these savants take the average but intelligent person for a fool. Just take one long and good look at one of Mr. Patel's thingies and then ask yourself -a great artist? a god?

Is it too much to ask if one of these wise men will answer this obvious curiosity- by what standards? why?

Jul 1, 2007

Rameshwar Broota vs. Thomas Wilmer Dewing

Compare and contrast.

This post was created specifically in response to an animated discussion I am having about if the 'abstract art' is art at all over at the Ryze network. I am saying 'no', they are saying 'yes'. The discussion started when a gentleman discovered Art Renewal Center and read it's philosophy and seemed struck as if by lightning. Once again, ARC becomes the starting point of a furious debate.

Here are two works of art , of different eras to be sure, both non- 'abstracts', side-by-side. One is by a contemporary Indian artist who is considered to be one of the great artists of present, selling at ever higher prices. The other is by Thomas Wilmer Dewing who died in 1938.

1) Scripted in Time II
Rameshwar Broota

2) The Recitation
Thomas Dewing

About a hundred years separate the two -and a such a fall of standards in this time. Who says that things get better with time, that progress is inevitable? Not in the arts.

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