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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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Apr 17, 2007

What a bloody marvelous painting, part 1

After going through a few art galleries, going through displays of contemporary art one gets tired - there is so much mindlessness and mediocrity masquerading as 'high art' that words cannot even begin to describe the feeling. It's a fatigue, a mental tiredness, a 'civilization -is-doomed-and-I-can't-do-anything' kind of listlessness.
Then to find some sanity I turn to some fine works that used to be the norm, the standard of the day.
Here is one such bloody good painting -


Scene of sale, Morocco
oil on canvas
60.96 X 91.44 cm
24 X 36 inches
by
Edwin Lord Weeks

See it here in it's full glory at the ARC.

Apr 4, 2007

Snake-oil salesmen

If we judge the art world honchos- the reviewers , the critics, the art theorists, many art dealers - by the same standards that a person selling a product or a service is judged, then most of the art world elites would be behind bars for selling or recommending shoddy products(Picasso's and Husain's) , having exploitative profit margins, making exaggerated and utterly untrue claims (false advertising) about quality("Mr.Khanna is a great artist") and (this, I think, is the greatest infraction) boring us to death with their soporific mumbo-jumbo("He assumes the position of the narrator or katha vachak, looking outward to the other rather than the self. The central image then is of the artist as commentator, who through painted gesture and
narrative seems to set up threads of connectivity
."). They would have the same status as of conmen, petty thieves and snake- oil salesmen.

But art , we are told, is different. Normal rules do not apply. You must suspend any rational thought before you take a plunge in these (murky) waters. You must not believe what you see. You must believe what they tell you, or else you will be taken as a country bumpkin or worse- a right-wing reactionary if not an outright fascist
.
You must say a Hail Husain! or be considered an infidel.
Go ahead, say your Hail Husain!'s here.

Related post -Ms. Narayan, please, please, please do tell us - what makes this a masterpiece?

Apr 3, 2007

Chocolate melts

The chocolate Jesus that has been in the news and that I referenced has now been removed from the display after some protests. Captain Ed has some thoughts about it.
I will have something to say about this tale of two misfortunes- one of the art world that wallows in such 'art' and the other of it's removal under duress. But right now other chores press .

Apr 2, 2007

The Avant-Garde increasingly looks like the Devant(rear)-Garde

Want to wine and dine with the glitterati of the world? Want to be the toast of the town? Want to have intellectuals fawning over you, serious looking professors writing serious sounding papers on your prowess? And more importantly , want to live off tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money, all quite legally and with full approval and much applause?
If your answer is yes (and why shouldn't it be?), then your savior is Christ.
Oh no, don't worry! No need to kneel and pray, no need to attempt to feel sincerely pious and certainly no need to confess your sins.
But you do need Christ। You need him so that-

- you can dip him in urine and win a prestigious award.
- you may represent his mother(Virgin Mary, remember?) in a collage "decorated with elephant dung and clippings from porn magazines", to be displayed alongside animal parts preserved in formaldehyde and images of penises along with schoolgirl's faces. The Star Chamber of the Tate will love you and give you the Turner prize.
- you can present him as a gay and a black female.
-you may portray him naked, made out of chocolate and have Fox, MSNBC, ABC and CNN drool over you.
or,
-you may depict Jesus Christ as female, nude, all your expenses paid by the Spanish government.
or,
-hey, dude, think up of your own 'offend a Christian' idea today.

Fame and destiny await you, the art world is salivating for the next Christ smeared, covered,dipped, whatever, in some bodily fluid. The Avant-Garde is marching ahead, don't lag behind!

Or, why not jump to front of the Avant-Garde- suggest something really atrocious, something so shocking, so offensive that not even the boldest of the Avant-Gardist has dared whisper it? Why not replace Christ with some other holy figure( it will be a change, no?), say, some Hindu god or Lord Buddha, or why not ....be really daring here....( hushed voice- ed)the Prophet the people in some parts of the world...where there is plenty of oil, sand and sunshine...revere?

But, hey! What's this? The Avant-Garde seems to be reversing it's direction! It's coming back, it's retreating! It's a full-scale flight !!!! Why do they look sooo pale....and yellow?
Must be something you said.

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