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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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Jun 3, 2011

Public prefers classic art over contemporary moronities

But we knew that already, no? That is why arty-sharty culture-vultures like to believe that what they peddle is 'high art'. That they have some kind of superior sensibility that allows them to perceive and grasp and savor the ineffable sublimity inherent in a pickled cow or an unmade bed.

They have to believe it. Their world and their inflated but fragile self-esteem depends on it. Otherwise all that is left to them is ugly, banal(not a contradiction),  mindless and worthless junk. And may I add - dreary, unsellable junk.

From the Mail Online-

We set up that simple test. We spent a day sitting in front of four classic paintings, and the works of four famous contemporary British artists.

We counted how many visitors stopped at each; for how long, on average, they spent looking at each work; what the longest examination was; and what sort of gallery visitor each work seemed to attract.

surprisingly, despite all the controversy, and the public promotion of new British artists, they did less well in this test than the 18th and 19th Century artists.

Yup, life is short. Who wants to waste a desultory second on this-

Damien Hirst's pickled cow

or on this-

Untitled (Black Bath) by Rachel Whiteread, 1996 

when there is this stunning magnificence-

Ophelia by John Everett Millais

and this utterly endearing charm to enrich your soul -

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent


The people we were observing were certainly keen on the visual arts. Nevertheless, it seemed as if they were not interested in, or open to the work of, some of our best-known contemporary artists.

Perhaps surprisingly, it was the familiar and traditional paintings that people devoted most of their time and attention to.

It's clear why people spent more than two minutes on average in front of William Hogarth's The Roast Beef Of Old England. It's a complicated painting, with lots of small incidents and stories bursting out, 12 major figures and a really funny joke about a dead fish; it's also painted with wonderful bravura.

Obviously, no one is going to understand it without spending a few minutes going over its details.
The same might be true about Sir John Everett Millais's Ophelia, which was easily the most popular work when we visited.

Three visitors spent as much as half an hour looking at this marvellous painting - try spending three minutes looking at a single image to realise how long that is.

It's a very rich painting, deliberately specific in its botanical details surrounding the drowning Ophelia, as well as a beautifully direct one.

On the whole, though, wherever we watched, visitors seemed more willing to devote between two and six minutes to the classic works, whether they be Whistler's translucent Thames study Nocturne: Blue And Silver or Sargent's Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, which, a generation ago, was the most popular postcard sold by the Tate's shop. Why should this be?

Yes, why?

It might be that contemporary artists strive to make an impact rather than provide a complex emotional experience. It is shocking to see a dead sheep in an art gallery, but it's not something to go on looking at for half an hour.

And it may be that there is not much else they know or can do. They are a one-trick pony and it's not a very endearing trick at that.

Read it all here.

Will art reporters(ladies,you too) grow some balls?

 Left a comment at this PR job report on an exhibition for the publicist reporter Rooplin Sharma at the Indian Art Collectors blog-

Can we have some honest, even brutal, art criticism instead of PR jobs for artists and galleries and cut-paste publicity releases?

If critiquing is too much then how about just straightforward reporting? Just show us the images and let us judge for ourselves instead of praising every single artist and exhibition sky high. That is demeaning and sycophantish(I know,coining a word here).

Unfortunately, too few art reporters are psychologically up to facing the intimidating art establishment. They prefer the timidity of a court scribe and to get along rather than to ask, interrogate, confront, question the premises. Ironically, these all are what the contemporary artists claim to do.

For God's sake, Rooplin, grow some balls!

I wonder if it will be published.

Update -
     The comment is now published.

Jun 1, 2011

My art - The sealed window

Those who follow my work know of the fondness I have for drawing pigeons. You may even call it a weakness -like a person on a diet who is helplessly and inexorably drawn(wordplay!) towards the fridge at 1 a.m.

pen and wash by gurmeet

Watercolor and pen on handmade paper 
39.5 X 28 cms

A detail -

pen and wash by gurmeet

and another -

pen and wash by gurmeet

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