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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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Sep 15, 2010

The art of Milo Manara -2

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Isn't burning Korans Art?

Great minds think alike. Brad Schaeffer at the Newsbusters does the alike thinking today-

What If Pastor Terry Jones Had Called His Koran Burning 'Art'?

But (there's always a "but" in such testy cases), when I juxtapose this one twisted symbolic gesture against the disregard-and I would argue contempt-being shown by so-called "moderate" practitioners of Islam who insist on building their mosque almost on top of the ashes of 9/11 victims against the wishes of so many Americans, I can understand the frustration that creates a Jones and his ilk. And the fact is, as Mayor Bloomberg offered up, if there is freedom of speech for the fanatical Muslim goose, it must also be for the crackpot Christian gander.
However, something did occur to me this weekend. Jones is going about this all wrong. If he really wants to burn the Islamic holy book, I know a way that he could do it while at the same time have every left wing pundit and mainstream news outlet not decry his act but rather defend and even celebrate it. He should burn it on the steps of the Museum Of Modern Art up here in New York. And instead of calling it a protest, or a statement, he should just call his Quran torching "art." In the interest of consistency, artistic integrity and fairness, maybe he can even do it in the building, right on the same spot where in 1989 the infamous "Piss Christ" photo was proudly exhibited. You remember that? The piece of "art" that showed a crucifix submerged in urine? As artist Andres Serrano explained his artistic vision in an open letter to the National Endowment for the Arts:

The photograph, and the title itself, are ambiguously provocative but certainly not blasphemous. Over the years, I have addressed religion regularly in my art. My Catholic upbringing informs this work which helps me to redefine and personalize my relationship with God. My use of such bodily fluids as blood and urine in this context is parallel to Catholicism's obsession with "the body and blood of Christ." It is precisely in the exploration and juxtaposition of the symbols from which Christianity draws it strength.

That seemed just fine and dandy to the free speech warriors and beret crowd back in the day. In fact, Serrano's inspired piece won the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art's "Awards in the Visual Arts" competition which was partially funded by that same NEA-your tax dollars at work.

(emphasis mine)

Do catch it all.

Sep 13, 2010

Do's and don'ts of the postmodern times

Burning Korans -

No, no, no!
(could get you beheaded)

Pissing on Christ-

(could get you an arts grant)

Piss Christ is a 1987 photograph by photographer Andres Serrano. It depicts a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist's urine........ Serrano received $15,000 for the work, part of it from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts. - Wikipedia

(Posted earlier at the Liberty News Central)

A true artist

Yes, I know how it feels after an intense session of painting-

Canadian artist and illustrator Heather Castles' daughter, Hera

What a bloody marvelous painting, part 8

Dutch artist Frederick Hendrik Kaemmerer(1839-1902) painted some very striking images of the beaches of Holland. This is one of them-

(click for a larger image)
The Beach At Scheveningen, Holland
Oil on canvas
40 x 23 cm
(15?" x 9.06")
Frederick Hendrik Kaemmerer

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My Art -The prostitutes of Chilumpara -I

The prostitutes of Chilumpara -I
acrylics and watercolor

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This work carries a history of rejection by otherwise 'brave' art galleries which like to tom-tom their own avant-gardedness. As I have said before, when it comes to actually showing some balls, the avant-garde quickly chickens into devant-garde.

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