Category: art

Anything goes

Frontality is passé.

Sadly, gun ownership in America has gone from being a hobby to an addiction. Promiscuous gun laws only promote the addiction.

The 2nd amendment was especially important in areas of the new nation where slaves outnumbered free persons.

Neither Brexit nor Trump nor Sanders will/would fix the economy. But false hopes die hard.

It’s not news that journalism thrives on conflict. It’s not the business of journalism to create consensus. However, it should be the business of journalism to offer reality-based reportage.

Trigger warning

In a 1968 interview, Marcel Duchamp told Joan Bakewell that art no longer had the capacity to shock the public. Today shock is imposed on art (and all visual images), from the outside, by the professional outragetariat, thereby reducing sublime and beautiful aesthetic experiences to feelings and emotions and short-circuiting the aestheticization of life.

Dragons over King’s Landing. High Sparrow on fire. Sansa dead. Let the Game begin.

Fanfic: Carrie and Quinn foil a plot to kidnap Hodor.

Voir dire is one of the scariest things one can experience as an American citizen. One would never want to be judged by a jury made up of such peers.

One cheer for gentrification: coffeehouses and grog shops were the springboards of English greatness.

NY Republican Primary: People whose social status has been falling for decades live vicariously through the towering ego of Mr Trump. His campaign is basically following the format of reality TV. He should do well in places like Long Island, Staten Island, Buffalo, and Scores (his old haunt).

Revolution and art

As Immanuel Kant noted in 1763, the French have a feeling for the beautiful. But that’s not the whole story.

Aristocrats and intellectuals were not “purged” during the French Revolution (many sided with the Revolution). The post Napoleonic Restoration brought such groups back into positions of influence. But Napoleon himself was keenly interested in the arts and the major Academies were reorganized under his munificent care. Modern art (“autonomous art” as per T. W. Adorno) emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century via a rejection of “academy art.”

What occurred in post-revolutionary Russia and China, the emergence of various politicized aesthetics, was aggressive hyper-Philistinism combined with an ugly streak of raging Puritanism.

That’s all folks!

The House Republicans are unable to elected a new Speaker of the House. The Republican Party has allowed itself to be overrun by cartoon Christians and cartoon conservatives, whose images have been exquisitely drawn by Fox News’s Looney Tunes version of journalism. Members of the Tea Party Republican House have been playing the Wile E. Coyote role to the POTUS’s Road Runner since 2010: the anvil is always falling on them.

The women depicted in the film Suffragette will be remembered and honoured long after the cookie-cutter objections of the professional outragetariat, who inhabit twitter and Tumblr, have evaporated in the digital ether.

Westboro Baptist Church rejects are protesting a Renoir exhibit.

When did Arizona become Texas-lite?

Proscenium arch

First World Problems.

Smartphones should be confiscated in all theatres and symphony halls.

The lower millions have been banished to the gods because of pricing. One expects better from the upper ten occupying the orchestra.

Elizabethan theatres lacked adequate indoor plumbing. The ladies in the boxes relieved themselves where they stood. Sanitation was horrific until the invention and installation of the double trap toilet.

Theremin therapy

Elián González has resurfaced, expressing a desire to visit the USA. I remember that his Miami relatives were horrendous.

Antiquities in unstable regions beset by medieval monotheist violence should be transported to, and housed in, museums in the West.

I’m glad Ms Swift embraces the role of a leading feminist. It is time to put misogyny out of business wherever it appears.

The recently discovered portrait of Shakespeare doesn’t look anything like Shakespeare.

The Republican Tea Party and far right wingnuts are off on their usual wild goose chase for a Clinton scandal where none exists. Many of these Republicans will breitbart themselves over her election. Well trolled, Ms Clinton.

 

Boxing and biblical art

The Museum of Biblical Art in NYC is closing. I saw an excellent exhibit of Dürer woodcuts there a few years ago. I had trepidation about entering the museum; the “biblical” in its name put me off. Perhaps it was also because the museum is housed in a building owned by the American Bible Society. I was pleasantly surprised that no proselytizing took place. However, when one sees a painting depicting the sacrifice of Isaac, or a myriad of bloody crucifixion scenes, the madness of monotheism becomes overwhelming oppressive, no matter how well the religious themes are aesthetically rendered.

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Boxing was on life-support long before Floyd Moneyweather mastered a style of fighting that can only make the likes of José Mourinho take interest. The attraction of the video game bloodsport (MMA) has captured the spirit of barbarism among millennials. But even it is riddled with PEDs and criminal violence among its iconic figures. Soon, all bloodsport will be consigned, like fox hunting, to the dustbin of cultural history.