For Sale: Avant-garde Trash
Would anyone be interested in purchasing the above avant-garde photo? I’ll accept offers as low as $10.00. It exhibits primary colors in everyday use objects, in a household setting, mixing elements of nature both fresh and decaying, with a nod towards environmental recycling concerns as a commentary on the 21st century eating us alive, and was created by the artist in a 10 second flash of despairing inspiration after reading that one Sarah Braman was awarded $10,000.00 by Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts for Braman’s alleged “demonstrated creativity and vision,” and “significant contributions to the contemporary arts landscape” as displayed here (see especially numbers 0 - 15).
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Is there a more phoney world than the world of so-called modern art?
Throw a crucifix in a jar of urine? Art!
Smear feces over a statue of the Virgin Mary? Art!
Smear chocolate over yourself, nude & onstage and talk about your vagina? Art!
Draw a cartoon of Mohammed? You bigoted, racist,intolerant pig!
Artists are more often than not, dimwitted savants who’s unsatiable egos demand they be take seriously, even when they haven’t a clue about what they are talking about.
To wit, one George Bernard Shaw, from Wiki,
“At the invitation of Stalin, Shaw visited the Soviet Union in 1931, at age 75. He became a loyal apologist for Stalinism, reporting the Gulag to be a kind of luxury vacation spa, its large population due solely to “the difficulty of inducing [prisoners] to come out… As far as I could make out they could stay as long as they liked.” On the last day of his pilgrimage, he said, “Tomorrow I leave this land of hope and return to our Western countries of despair.”
In 1933, Shaw wrote a Letter to the Editor of the Manchester Guardian, denouncing Malcolm Muggeridge’s exposé of Stalin’s Terror Famine as a “lie” and a “slander”; the following year he published a 16,000-word apologia for Stalin’s mass murders, in which he expressed sympathy for the “unfortunate Commissar” who “found himself obliged to put a pistol in his pocket and with his own hand shoot” disobedient workers, “so that he might the more impressively ask the rest of the staff whether they yet grasped the fact that orders are meant to be executed.” Shaw went on to attack the rule of law, in favor of the arbitrary rule of men, adding:
“[T]he most elaborate code of [law]... would still have left unspecified a hundred ways in which wreckers of Communism could have sidetracked it without ever having to face the essential questions: are you pulling your weight in the social boat? are you giving more trouble than you are worth? have you earned the privilege of living in a civilized community? That is why the Russians were forced to set up an Inquisition or Star Chamber, called at first the Cheka and now the Gay Pay Oo (Ogpu), to go into these questions and “liquidate” persons who could not answer them satisfactorily.
”In 1936, Shaw publicly defended Stalin’s Great Terror, saying, “Even in the opinion of the bitterest enemies of the Soviet Union and of her government, the [purge] trials have clearly demonstrated the existence of active conspiracies against the regime… I am convinced that this is the truth, and I am convinced that it will carry the ring of truth even in Western Europe, even for hostile readers.” Shaw likewise defended Stalin’s mass executions, scolding, “we cannot afford to give ourselves moral airs when our most enterprising neighbor… humanely and judiciously liquidates a handful of exploiters and speculators…” In 1949, he even wrote a defense of Stalin’s pseudo-scientific Lysenkoism.
In addition to socialism, Shaw was an advocate of eugenics. “Extermination must be put on a scientific basis if it is ever to be carried out humanely and apologetically as well as thoroughly,” he wrote. “f we desire a certain type of civilization and culture we must exterminate the sort of people who do not fit into it. In one public address, recorded in a March 5, 1931 newsreel, Shaw gave expression to the Nazi doctrine of “life unworthy of life” (Lebensunwertes Leben):
“You must all know half a dozen people at least who are no use in this world, who are more trouble than they are worth. Just put them there and say Sir, or Madam, now will you be kind enough to justify your existence?
If you can’t justify your existence, if you’re not pulling your weight, and since you won’t, if you’re not producing as much as you consume or perhaps a little more, then, clearly, we cannot use the organizations of our society for the purpose of keeping you alive, because your life does not benefit us and it can’t be of very much use to yourself.”
But obviously, they must be better than us and we just don’t get it…Posted by Tim P on 01/14 at 06:09 PM
About 20 years ago this stuff shocked me.
About 10 years ago this stuff disappointed me.
Now, I unsuccessfully try to avoid it.
Yes, the artist is retarded, but smarter than those that display her embarrassments.
Tim, I had not known that about GBS ... . I’m unpleasantly surprised. Yuck.
Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.” ~George Bernard Shaw
I had saved this quote and his piece ” The True Joy of Life” in my notes ... The appalling sentiments he put forth here in the wikinotes seem to be polar opposite to what I thought of him. Sickening.
I appreciate the lesson.
Someone, I forget who, once said that meeting the artist after enjoying their work was like meeting the goose after having pate de foie gras.
So far, so true…Posted by Tim P on 01/15 at 05:02 PM