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(Slate)   Why absolutely no one takes art critics seriously   (slate.com) divider line 53
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2013-02-09 07:12:09 AM
You know who else was a painter?
 
2013-02-09 07:13:15 AM
I thought the popularity of Jackson Pollock in the art world already taught is that art is sometimes crap.
 
2013-02-09 07:14:20 AM
Come on, Bush, I'll buy you a lemonade.
 
2013-02-09 07:15:51 AM
This is news? "GWB is a hobby painter" is news?
 
2013-02-09 07:16:27 AM
But can he Paint Lighttm?
 
2013-02-09 07:17:00 AM
Would you like an espresso? I make it back there myself with a little lemon twist, it's good.
 
2013-02-09 07:22:05 AM

born_yesterday: Would you like an espresso? I make it back there myself with a little lemon twist, it's good.


Typical lib. Making expressos to sell other libs (who buy them with food stamps paid for by my tax dollars, or something).
 
2013-02-09 07:25:55 AM
My take from the article:

I can't believe Bonnard got paid for the pieces of crap he produced.
 
2013-02-09 07:28:15 AM
There's some merit to the thought that Bush's paintings of himself in the shower/bathtub may have some deeper connection to the theme of coming clean, or being viewed while vulnerable, either by others or by himself.
No one just for fun paints themselves in the shower or tub.
However, the painting of the building...that's stretching the need to find a theme....can't it just be a building he admires for whatever personal reason? A reason that we probably could not fathom?

Art is whatever someone decides they like, it's value is determined by two things, how much someone with money likes the piece, or how famous/infamous the artist was/is.

Also, modern "conceptual" art is a scam. Drawing/sculpting/painting randomness does not take a genius, we are built to look at something abstract and create reason and purpose from it, how profoundly any one of us does that based on an artistic piece is highly individual and subjective...but let's not pretend that semen splashed on a canvase over a picture of the virgin mary with a caption "Who's the father?" is high brow art worth 20 million dollars...unless that's your kink.
 
2013-02-09 07:29:50 AM

markfara: born_yesterday: Would you like an espresso? I make it back there myself with a little lemon twist, it's good.

Typical lib. Making expressos to sell other libs (who buy them with food stamps paid for by my tax dollars, or something).


Espresso, of course from the Italian, meaning Express, as in "Expressway to COMMUNISM," or maybe invoking the Information Superhighway of Al Gore, purveyor of global warming Lies. And who was Italian? Mussolini, who was the close personal homosexual buddy of none other than Adolf Hitler, renowned socialest liberal leftist who is famous for killing the Jews. We see through your thinly veiled threats. Have you no shame, Mr. Obama?
 
2013-02-09 07:36:00 AM
Interesting, notice in the shower painting how bush himself is to the right of the dividing water stream while his small reflection is on the left. Did bush have secret longings of being a democrat or was it he saw the democrats as smaller reflections of his glorious being? Truly these are some of the greatest accomplishments of an American president in the 21st century.
 
2013-02-09 07:37:08 AM

markfara: You know who else was a painter?


Nice.
 
2013-02-09 07:45:30 AM

markfara: You know who else was a painter?


Bob Ross, and he will cut a biatch if anyone tells where he's gonna put his secret bush...


Wait, secret bush...Bush, has secrets....

OMG....it's all coming together....
 
2013-02-09 07:47:35 AM

SpdrJay: I thought the popularity of Jackson Pollock in the art world already taught is that art is sometimes crap.


"Art is what you can get away with." -Andy Warhol
 
2013-02-09 07:49:10 AM
I hope he chokes on a paintbrush.
 
2013-02-09 07:53:06 AM
I said this in the other thread, but these paintings are nice.  I think they are personal.  I know this thread's been Godwinned already but he had more technical ability but I personally don't like his paintings at all.   Bush's paintings do evoke an emotional response (and not anger, as Bush himself usually evoked during his presidency).  I think he should keep doing it.  If he wants to publically release them, I'd be interested in looking at them.  I think because he was a President, we know a lot about him so it's easy to draw these conclusions:  water...coming clean?  washing sins?  katrina?  waterboarding?  Whereas if a random guy had drawn these, I don't think it would make us think as much.  So yea, there's definitely that going on which I think elevates the paintings more than they might otherwise be.  But nonetheless, when I saw them, it evoked an emotional response (and not laughter, which is what I was expecting when I clicked the link) & it did make me think.  Which is what you want from paintings.

Anyway, as someone else said (and this may not be a big hurdle to clear): he's a better painter than he was a President.
 
2013-02-09 07:56:16 AM
I would have thought W was more of the feces on canvas school.
 
2013-02-09 08:01:20 AM
This has got to be satire
 
2013-02-09 08:02:13 AM

festoon: I would have thought W was more of the feces on canvas school.


No, that's some silly liberal idea of "art"
 
2013-02-09 08:16:29 AM

markfara: You know who else was a painter?


www.actors-pictures.com

?
 
2013-02-09 08:18:05 AM
The creators of Journey and The Walinking Dead video games have given me more emotionally moving experiences than any modern artist. The best modern art has done is given me an occasional giggle.
 
2013-02-09 08:19:44 AM
Walinking = Walking.

/stupid touch-screen keyboard
 
2013-02-09 08:35:18 AM
Real art:
cdn.theatlantic.com
 
2013-02-09 08:35:51 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: Walinking = Walking.

/stupid touch-screen keyboard


Why is that an excuse? You can see exactly what you're typing, why not fix it before hitting " add comment"?
 
2013-02-09 08:40:11 AM

Wolf892: There's some merit to the thought that Bush's paintings of himself in the shower/bathtub may have some deeper connection to the theme of coming clean, or being viewed while vulnerable, either by others or by himself.




How about, those are the only times the guy gets to be alone?
 
2013-02-09 08:47:50 AM

the_rhino: Tyrone Slothrop: Walinking = Walking. /stupid touch-screen keyboard Why is that an excuse? You can see exactly what you're typing, why not fix it before hitting " add comment"?


I say it's a valid excuse as long as it doesn't happen to often.

Oh, and...
i1171.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-09 08:53:20 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: Walinking = Walking.

/stupid touch-screen keyboard


I wanted to think you had written The Wanking Dead.
 
2013-02-09 09:03:35 AM
I'm wondering if this will turn out to be a hoax. All we see is the back of a grey-haired man, supposedly painting but there are no paints or other art supplies anywhere near him, and two paintings that could've been done by anybody.
 
2013-02-09 09:06:37 AM

Rocket To Russia: I'm wondering if this will turn out to be a hoax. All we see is the back of a grey-haired man, supposedly painting but there are no paints or other art supplies anywhere near him, and two paintings that could've been done by anybody.




You mean like this?
www.arttherapyblog.com
 
2013-02-09 09:15:25 AM

markfara: You know who else was a painter?


images.hollywood.com
 
2013-02-09 09:46:42 AM
I don't  take artists seriously so why would I take an art critic seriously?
 
2013-02-09 09:55:21 AM

StoPPeRmobile: Oh, and...
[i1171.photobucket.com image 759x387]


Ah, yes... the inevitable afterbirth...
 
2013-02-09 09:59:53 AM

abhorrent1: I don't  take artists seriously so why would I take an art critic seriously?


i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-02-09 10:02:04 AM
Criticism in itself is as much an art form as the piece itself. Much in the way that an artist may limit themselves to painting on a grain of rice or painting only with used coffee grounds, a critic may choose only the most shallow banal pieces to challenge their reviewing capabilities.
 
2013-02-09 10:02:17 AM
/looks

They're...

/looks again

...they're, hmm...

/peers closely at the screen

...they're not bad!

/parrots "better painter than president" remark
 
2013-02-09 10:38:01 AM
Holy shiat. A friend posted those on FB yesterday, and I seriously thought they were from the Museum of Bad Art.
 
2013-02-09 10:42:44 AM

buckler: Holy shiat. A friend posted those on FB yesterday, and I seriously thought they were from the Museum of Bad Art.


LUCY IN THE SKY WITH FLOWERS Unknown
24" x 30", Oil on Canvas
Acquired from trash in Boston

That last bit made me larf and larf. Well yeah, where better to find bad art?
 
2013-02-09 10:52:24 AM

markfara: You know who else was a painter?


Boobies Godwinned. You sir are my hero of the day.
 
2013-02-09 11:09:31 AM

born_yesterday: Would you like an espresso? I make it back there myself with a little lemon twist, it's good.


Beverly Hills Cop?
 
2013-02-09 11:28:08 AM

buckler: Holy shiat. A friend posted those on FB yesterday, and I seriously thought they were from the Museum of Bad Art.


I did not know such a place existed, but you made my morning.
 
2013-02-09 11:30:04 AM
They look like they were done by a straight David Hockney if he had married his mom.
 
2013-02-09 11:32:11 AM

StoPPeRmobile: the_rhino: Tyrone Slothrop: Walinking = Walking. /stupid touch-screen keyboard Why is that an excuse? You can see exactly what you're typing, why not fix it before hitting " add comment"?

I say it's a valid excuse as long as it doesn't happen to often.

Oh, and...
[i1171.photobucket.com image 759x387]


Eh... no big deal. Sometimes people just post without thlinking.
 
2013-02-09 11:35:55 AM
A floater. Inert.

a vaguely confused look on his face.


We're talking about Dubya, right?  Sounds like they nailed it.
 
2013-02-09 01:10:16 PM

SpdrJay: I thought the popularity of Jackson Pollock

LeRoy Neiman in the art world already taught is that art is sometimes crap.

FTFY
 
2013-02-09 01:11:41 PM

SpdrJay: I thought the popularity of Jackson Pollock

Damien Hirst in the art world already taught is that art is sometimes crap.

FTFY
 
2013-02-09 01:23:33 PM
Sometimes a guy in a bathtub really is nothing more than a guy in a bathtub, but art critics don't sell any articles saying that something is just what is appears to be on the surface.  No, they must see deep symbolism in everything.
 
2013-02-09 02:08:40 PM

LordBollocks: This has got to be satire


My thoughts exactly. How could anybody write that rubbish with a straight face?
 
2013-02-09 02:14:55 PM
I can't take art critics seriously ever since they called this:
images.theage.com.au
art...

/Cloaca, located at the Museum of Old and New Art near Hobart, Tasmania
//it's a "sculpture" that turns food into shiat
 
2013-02-09 02:21:21 PM
The amateur psychology is stupid, but the consensus by art critics (vs. Internet smartasses) seems to be that these are pretty good for someone without training. Original subject matter, clever composition, interesting use of color. Sure, he can't draw very well, but lots of people who CAN draw make total schlock.
 
2013-02-09 05:16:07 PM
Seriously, I'm intrigued by the bathtub and shower paintings the most where we see Mr Bush in his most intimate and private. We all vilified him and rightfully so for what he's done to Iraq at the least and his policies but at the end of the day, he's just a man, a flesh and blood human being like you or me with flaws and regrets and mistakes that haunt us to the day we die.
 
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