Category Archives: Art

UC Irvine Exhibit: “Carl Schmitt, You and Me”

From OC Weekly, an ‘art exhibit’ that seeks to simultaneously discuss Carl Schmitt’s political philosophy, visually present the horrors of gun ownership, all while stylistically making fun of some MAGA white men who own a gun store in Maine: Stepping … Continue reading

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Goya – Witches’ Sabbath or The Great He-Goat (1821–1823)

Witches’ Sabbath or The Great He-Goat (1821–1823) is one of Goya’s Black Paintings, currently housed in Madrid’s Museo del Prado, the most beautiful museum I have ever been to. To see this painting, with Saturn Devouring His Son close to it, was thrilling. The … Continue reading

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Balshaw’s Tate

Alexander Adams’ critique of the Tate Museum, a preeminent modern and contemporary art museum in the U.K., is a useful example of how the elite class’s continuous, P.C., virtue signaling is leading to an aesthetics that is ever more removed … Continue reading

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Jim Carrey – I Needed Color

To think that he only started painting 6 years ago is rather incredible. Jim Carrey: I Needed Color from SGG on Vimeo.

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The Diminishing Relevance of the Art World

In WaPo, Tom Rachman, who himself despises Trump, asks “How can the art world resist Trump? Probably not very well.” What is the problem? Political correctness and conformity of thought within the world of elite artists: Right-wing commentators have spent … Continue reading

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Ecce Homo

I was struck by this painting’s photographic quality and it’s behind-the-event perspective.  Antonio Ciseri‘s Ecce homo! (Behold the man!), painted in 1871, is one of the more original depictions of standard Christian iconography.

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Mark Rothko’s Jewish Mysticism

From his review of Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel by Annie Cohen-Solal, Philip Hensher writes: One of the curiosities of western art is that, until the 20th century, few visual artists were of Jewish ancestry. With odd … Continue reading

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Scruton on Kitsch

The great Roger Scruton on “the strangely enduring power of kitsch.”

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The Art Hitler Hated

The NY Review of Books is a very Tribe-heavy, culture-oriented publication. (Check out the names in their Masthead to see what I mean.) In their current issue, Michael Kimmelman looks at “The Art Hitler Hated“. I love how Cornelius Gurlitt … Continue reading

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RIP: H.R. Giger

H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist who shot to fame when his aesthetic style (i.e., ‘biomechanoids’) was tapped by Ridley Scott for Alien (1979), has died at age 74. The terrifying creature and sets he created for Ridley Scott’s film earned … Continue reading

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