May 27, 2005
— Ace Controversy, eh?
The exhibit also features the Pope -- with swastikas -- and, get this, the Statute of Liberty -- with swastikas.
Artists tell us piously they exist to "challenge dogma" and "question assumptions" and the like, but it's no great trick to challenge the dogma or question the assumptions of others. Real rebellion, and real free-thinking, comes from challenging your own beliefs, and the beliefs of your peer-group.
But they never seem to get around to that, do they?
Nope, just challenging the imputed straw-man beliefs of people they don't know (but think they do, 'cuz they have a whole raft of stereotypes about them) over and over again.
I've been challenged enough, "artists." Challenge yourselves for a change.
What would be truly controversial -- perfect for an exhibit on Controversy -- would be a picture of voting Iraqis with the legend, "Bush was right."
That would be controversial to this crowd. That would satisfy the artists' self-styled mission of "shaking up easy assumptions."
Odds of that happening? Pretty f'n' small.
Thanks to Hubrisblog.
Posted by: Ron at May 27, 2005 10:15 AM (YtqTh)
Posted by: someone at May 27, 2005 10:20 AM (S22v9)
Anyway, that's pretty much the way I feel about many of the rock bands around these days, e.g. Coldplay, Audioslave, System of a Down, etc. Gee, another left-wing rock band. How original and exciting.
Maybe I'm getting old, but I find most left-wing nonsense not provocative or offensive, but simply boring.
Posted by: Jason at May 27, 2005 10:24 AM (Y2Bw/)
Posted by: brak at May 27, 2005 10:32 AM (OuLOj)
LIKE. A. FUCKING. HAMMER!
Posted by: I'm with you fellers at May 27, 2005 10:41 AM (dhRpo)
Posted by: at May 27, 2005 10:43 AM (1EzYN)
Posted by: at May 27, 2005 10:48 AM (S0i1E)
-- Iowahawk, "Why I Am A Democrat"
Posted by: iowahawk at May 27, 2005 11:02 AM (xKAPd)
Their only talent is the ability to successfully schmooze the suckers. (Gee, think I'm bitter much?)
Posted by: The Claw at May 27, 2005 11:07 AM (74cXW)
Posted by: Slublog at May 27, 2005 11:09 AM (VaL8O)
Posted by: Rob A. at May 27, 2005 11:19 AM (bbEjP)
Posted by: CraigC at May 27, 2005 11:24 AM (BO6SR)
I find it offensive that my tax dollars are supporting these guys. Karl Rove ought to be paying for PR like this out of his own pocket.
Posted by: utron at May 27, 2005 11:29 AM (VVBQC)
Posted by: at May 27, 2005 12:00 PM (0Kli9)
Posted by: Tom at May 27, 2005 12:01 PM (0Kli9)
Why on earth are tax dollars being spent on art that makes political statements? And besides, isn't that a violation of McCain-Feingold?
Posted by: SJKevin at May 27, 2005 12:23 PM (rGBYl)
I want to see it!
Posted by: W.C. Varones at May 27, 2005 12:26 PM (QLFr2)
I seriously think you're on to something. Wouldn't it be a great punk to set up some phoney art exhibit & invite all these lefty art snobs? I'd love to see their faces as they gaze upon paintings of Hillary Clinton being mounted by a donkey, Ted Kennedy fishing from a dock with a woman's decomposed hand on the end of his hook, Michael Moore eating a sandwich consisting of dead Iraqi children pressed between two pieces of bread, and Barney Frank diddling an eight year old boy.
God, that'd be priceless. It would be like the Protest Warriors on steroids.
Posted by: The Warden at May 27, 2005 12:43 PM (TO2bj)
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Posted by: Judd at May 27, 2005 06:05 PM (NksmS)
Yup, that was me.
Posted by: Dogstar at May 27, 2005 06:10 PM (KgeNY)
The Shock of the New - the idea that all true Art is transgressive and shocks the bourgeoisie - is juvenile crap. The Left has hijacked the narrative of Art History into a cul-de-sac.
To a conservative artist - like, say Edward Hopper - Art is about the pursuit of something that is deeply, personally true but also universally true. The only real shock is the shock of recognition.
As various commenters have demonstrated, coming up with ideas comparable to Bush-sodomy is easy. But conservative artists can't be bothered to follow up because they are too busy with serious things to splash around the shallow end of the pool.
Posted by: lyle at May 27, 2005 11:02 PM (KST/t)
Posted by: carin at May 28, 2005 04:19 AM (CmeIB)
It's yet another tedious example of how y'all make up "facts" to support
Trust me, Dubya is NOTHING like Ol' Adolf:
*** When Hitler served in his country's military, he showed up...
*** ...and actually saw combat.
*** Hitler actually had to work for a living before he went into politics.
*** Hitler took a struggling country and brought it to the brink of global dominance.
Bush took a robust economy and drove it into the ground.
Posted by: Don Myers at May 28, 2005 08:21 AM (+VNlz)
That's a good feller. Yes, Donnie. Everyone is very proud of you. Now toddle of to mommy like a big boy. Your diaper's full.
Posted by: The Warden at May 28, 2005 08:39 AM (Zxtyv)
"Something snapped inside," he said. Friedman entered a piece depicting Pope Benedict XVI with several swastikas in the background.
"Sodomy in a public forum is not, from my perspective, considered art," he said. "I think somebody has to draw the line somewhere.
I suppose the same case could be made for Jews like Friedman sliming the Catholic Pope with swastikas.. But Christian-bashing is still acceptable.
If Friedman was stupid enough to tear out pages of the Koran and frame them, stamped them with swastikas, he would be instantly denounced, even hunted down, for the crime of "Koran desecration".
If he had arranged pictures of prominant Jews and stamped their foreheads with swastikas, his art would have instantly been scorned and rejected as "anti-Semitic".
Christian-bashing is safe. Unless Christians start acting with the same sort of outrage, lawsuits, even violence as Muslims and Jews do when their religion or religious figures are trashed...
Posted by: Cedarford at May 28, 2005 10:13 AM (HoSBk)
You say a lot of obnoxious things on this site, but advocating violence (even indirectly) as a form of opposition to ideas with which you disagree crosses a line that shouldn't be crossed.
You might want to reconsider that last sentence in your post.
Posted by: The Warden at May 28, 2005 05:38 PM (Zxtyv)
NO endorsement of violence is offered.
Just observing that the fact of Muslim violence as a reality that could be visited on parties effectively intimidates the media, Hollywood, and Western intellectuals from criticizing Islam.
Violence forces people to take adherents of a faith, and political movements seriously.
Even pacifist forces draw their power from existing against a background of violent forces, and pointing out they are a possible alternative. Ghandi offered peace against the violent Hindi, Muslim forces he turned out not to be able to control after all. Israel was born from terrorism and money spread in the right places, not moral persuasion. Martin Luther King was amplified by the burning cities and rioters that were coexistant with his times in the 60s - that he always pointed to as the counter-argument. Had he lived in more tranquil times, he would have just been another leader fondly remembered for giving nice speeches and organizing for later leaders that got the results...
Nor does Christian-bashing have to end with use of violence. It can end with counter lawsuits targeting the Muslim, Jew, and atheist lawsuits targeting them. Or angry protests shutting down non-Christian businesses or political retaliation against things Jews Muslims and atheists hold near and dear.
But the turn the other cheek, milksop Christianity silently taken abuse or going on apology tours - as the Pope did for the Crusades punks out Christians, and doesn't cut it.
But the day Christians do start fighting back, one way or the other, is the day the bullying ceases.
Posted by: Cedarford at May 28, 2005 06:20 PM (6krEN)
Posted by: ARTISTMON at May 28, 2005 08:35 PM (zlXeH)
I'd love to look at it. Do you have a link? I can't just up and fly to Ft Lauderdale this weekend.
As far as your claim that you fund your own art, I direct you to this statement from the Broward Art Guild, the organization responsible for putting on the exhibit it question, and coincidentally, linked to by your website.
"Funding for the Broward Art Guild is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, Broward Cultural Affairs Council, and Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau."
Though this may not be the same as a government grant, it does appear that tax dollars have been used to help promote your art.
Posted by: The Warden at May 29, 2005 07:39 AM (Zxtyv)
"The 23-member Council recommends programs and the distribution of government and private resources for the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, museums and festivals." http://www.broward.org/arts/council.htm
More on available grants here. Lots of goodies.
Posted by: The Warden at May 29, 2005 07:58 AM (Zxtyv)
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