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(Slate)   Why absolutely no one takes art critics seriously   (slate.com) divider line 6
    More: Asinine, George W. Bush, American farmers, Freudian, Episcopal Church, Bush family  
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2013-02-09 07:13:15 AM  
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I thought the popularity of Jackson Pollock in the art world already taught is that art is sometimes crap.
2013-02-09 01:11:41 PM  
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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 08:35:51 AM  
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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 07:53:06 AM  
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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 07:28:15 AM  
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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 07:12:09 AM  
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You know who else was a painter?
 
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