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Art

“But why is getting politics into the art so important?”

03.10.08 | Comment?

Asks Ann Althouse. A very interesting post on the tedious excesses of art. Another great nugget: “I think this is trying to say something political about art, something about how art challenges capitalism – because, of course, if art must be political, it must be left wing.”

So – what would right-wing art look like? And don’t talk to me about the Nazis, their art and that of the Soviets were enough alike to be cousins.

So much of modern art leaves me cold. It’s not abstraction – I can handle abstract art as long as it has some kind of energy, some vigor – but so much of it seems like nothing more than a search for novelty. For example, there was an exhibit in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (an excellent museum, BTW) which you entered a darkened booth to view. While there, random digits in random colors were displayed on the wall. And that was it.

My reaction was, “Okay! What’s next?”

Between the Fort Worth Modern and the Kimbell, I have been fortunate enough to see quite a bit of modern art, and I’m beginning the think that Sturgeon’s Law (“90% of everything is crap”) is only off by about 9.9%.

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