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Art in America
Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2010 | Brent Bozell

Posted on 07/09/2010 10:45:01 AM PDT by Kaslin

The half-dozen contestants, 20-something aspiring artists all, enter the famous Phillips de Pury art auction house. Mr. de Pury himself ushers them into the special room where they are presented with a collection of paintings by Andres Serrano, the man who came to fame in 1989 with the ghastly painting, sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts, depicting a crucifix dunked in a jar of urine. They are hugely impressed. The final painting they are shown is just that -- the original "Piss Christ." They are in awe, quietly expressing their amazement at the talent. And then the door opens and in steps the master. The students freeze, eyes bright, mouths agape. The curator announces, "the great, great Serrano!" One girl instinctively bows reverently.

Serrano explains his art. "Life, art, politics. It's all the same s---.... People in general always think their s--- is the best. So if you really want to see some real s---, check out my s---." Six times he utters the expletive; the students giggle with glee.

And now the contestants are given their assignment: Create a body of art as shocking as that of Serrano. The judges will select the four contestants who will proceed to the next round. More giggles and laughter. Each artist is given a $100 voucher with which to buy supplies.

One man says he will make an artwork about that "taboo theme," the sexually abusive priest. "It's not an anti-religion piece," he claims. "I don't know anybody personally who's been sexually abused by a priest, but I read a statistic once that said there were more Catholic priests living with AIDS than there were everyone else."

Besides garbled syntax, it is pure idiocy. He can't possibly think a small group of homosexual priests represents the largest grouping of the million-plus Americans living with HIV or AIDS. But he is an artist, and he does. He shoots a crude photograph of two pairs of feet in a bed, below a crucifix. One is meant to represent the priest, the other the abused boy.

That's just the beginning. Now a girl, handsomely endowed, takes a batch of pictures of herself wearing only panties. "High art" is how she describes her product. The curator examines her semi-naked pictures, with emphasis on her naked breasts, and deems the display to be "gorgeous." But what the judges would later describe as "brilliant" is her special touch: setting these pictures next to a black felt-tip pen so the gallery audience could scrawl on them whatever graffiti or obscenities they inspire.

One contestant is a reputed Christian. His presentation is a weird distortion of the Last Supper, with a beardless Jesus Christ surrounded by gossipy people holding weapons. Another woman paints models with bloodied faces with the slogans "Syphilis by Prada" and "Herpes by Chanel."

There is the dreaded self-described "performance artist," who constructs some sort of demented, dilapidated cardboard tepee, then sits in the middle of it with a plastic bag over her head, like a mental patient, fondling what looks like a bag of excrement. Serrano likes it but complains, "I don't smell anything."

Then there are the men. The self-described gay man is fixated on the vision of a friend who once told him he was capable of "auto-fellatio" -- performing oral sex on himself. (We're told he's become a recluse since discovering this talent, chuckle, chuckle.) Our artist paints the scene, but the judges are appalled. There is no shock value, they proclaim. "It should have been a photograph of you attempting this position," a judge laments.

One artist explains that he had his first erection while watching "The Little Mermaid," so he decides to create a line drawing of the iconic shape of Mickey Mouse's head filled with "misshapen genitals, b---holes and nipples." But it's not shocking enough, he concludes, so he goes into the bathroom and decorates it with his own semen.

This isn't the only work of "art" with that theme. There's the man who titles his painting "My Tranny Porno Fantasy." He explains what he's going to paint: "I have this vision of myself as post-coital, post-bondage, post-(ejaculation) tranny with really bad makeup, an electrical cord around my neck and a pink wig." He worries aloud, laughing out loud, that the semen isn't visible enough on his painted face. His colleagues are shocked -- and love it. "Ryan's piece is just ... a little ... yeah," one contestant laughs nervously, approvingly.

The winners are chosen and move on. Another episode of "Work of Art" is complete, a program aired on national television via your basic cable subscription by the Bravo network, owned by NBC, soon to be owned by Comcast, sponsored by the likes of Geico insurance and Crest toothpaste, and rated TV-14, meaning it is appropriate for any youngster at that age.

There is no outcry because our popular culture is thoroughly rotten.

There reaches a point where you have to say it: I believe in evil. Satan is laughing.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: andresserrano; anticatholic; antichristian; art; auction; bravo; comcast; culturewar; degenerateart; fraud; homosexualagenda; napl; nbc; nea; pathetic; pornification; religiousintolerance; sacredcows; serrano; taboo; workofart

1 posted on 07/09/2010 10:45:04 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

bookmark.


2 posted on 07/09/2010 10:50:07 AM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Kaslin
Too bad. When I clicked over I thought this might have been an auction of the obscene painting; and I thought it might have reported that it went for $108 (including the auction premium paid by the buyer).

ML/NJ

3 posted on 07/09/2010 10:50:15 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Kaslin

Sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts. Great.


4 posted on 07/09/2010 10:50:57 AM PDT by fullchroma (Bill Haslam for Governor)
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To: Kaslin
Is there any national figure who will say 'enough is enough'? Leftists have been trying to normalize aberrant behavior for decades. Looks like they are finally gaining strength due to the morally bankrupt politicians in charge of the country. Has decency died? We need a resurgence of positive role models. Our youths think anything/everything is OK (moral relativism) because the Left has had the power for so long and our youths are not being taught critical thinking. Good luck to those of us who still believe standards are still important.
5 posted on 07/09/2010 10:53:06 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Kaslin

A reality tv show has absolutely nothing to do with art in America. JMO.


6 posted on 07/09/2010 10:54:25 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Kaslin

COMMUNIST GOALS from 1963

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”


7 posted on 07/09/2010 10:56:16 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Kaslin

btt


8 posted on 07/09/2010 11:05:24 AM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Kaslin
Here's the ultimate 'taboo theme' - criticism of the great Obama. Do I get the prize?
9 posted on 07/09/2010 11:06:41 AM PDT by februus
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To: Kaslin

I thought that worthless bag of excrement calling himself Andres Serrano died of AIDS years ago.


10 posted on 07/09/2010 11:10:54 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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I remember seeing this artist’s work in a magazine when I was a child (giving my age away here) when it first came out and was repulsed by it.
So this is what it’s coming down to, is it?
This really pi**es me off!


11 posted on 07/09/2010 11:17:24 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (Sarcastic Wonderful)
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To: originalbuckeye

My friend Derek told me 30 years ago;
“JB, art today can be a booger with a hair in it.”

He wasn’t cynical enough!


12 posted on 07/09/2010 11:26:11 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Kaslin

Now this young lady is a true gifted artist.

http://artakiane.com/home.html

Video of her on Glenn Beck

http://artakiane.com/videos.html


13 posted on 07/09/2010 11:27:04 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Kaslin; Revolting cat!
Serrano explains his art. "Life, art, politics. It's all the same s---.... People in general always think their s--- is the best. So if you really want to see some real s---, check out my s---." Six times he utters the expletive; the students giggle with glee.

So he's admitting his art is sh!t, or "THE" sh!t.

14 posted on 07/09/2010 11:56:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin
And now the contestants are given their assignment: Create a body of art as shocking as that of Serrano.

Want to try something REALLY shocking? Do a portrait series of EVERY President of the United States as a monkey...

I'll give you a start to base the other representations on.


15 posted on 07/09/2010 11:58:23 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin
And now the contestants are given their assignment: Create a body of art as shocking as that of Serrano.

Or if the goal is slaughtering sacred cows (with US taxpayer dollars), how about...


16 posted on 07/09/2010 11:59:15 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin; wagglebee
One man says he will make an artwork about that "taboo theme," the sexually abusive priest. "It's not an anti-religion piece," he claims. "I don't know anybody personally who's been sexually abused by a priest, but I read a statistic once that said there were more Catholic priests living with AIDS than there were everyone else."

76% of all statistics are made up, including this one about statistics.

17 posted on 07/09/2010 12:00:48 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Kaslin
Our artist paints the scene, but the judges are appalled. There is no shock value, they proclaim. "It should have been a photograph of you attempting this position," a judge laments.

Translation: The judges didn't get off looking at it. Pornography is "what gets you hot", while erotica is "what gets me hot".

The artist should have gone for abstraction and just given the painting the same "conceptual" name.


18 posted on 07/09/2010 12:05:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: ThePatrioticArtist
The same federal government that is "prohited" from letting a Christian religious icon sit on public lands is likewise PROHIBITED from funding decidedly antiChristian artworks with profane names like P*** Christ.

The antiChristian Left never admits this double standard.

19 posted on 07/09/2010 12:10:13 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Coming to a cable channel near you soon


20 posted on 07/09/2010 12:11:35 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: a fool in paradise

ping


21 posted on 07/09/2010 1:52:49 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Coming to a cable channel near you soon

I'll do an Elvis on the TV first.


22 posted on 07/09/2010 3:00:11 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Kaslin

23 posted on 07/09/2010 3:33:32 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: Kaslin
but I read a statistic once that said there were more Catholic priests living with AIDS than there were everyone else."

Does Serrano actually know how many priests there are worldwide, let alone those ill with Aids? If he did, he'd willingly retract.

24 posted on 07/09/2010 3:45:49 PM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: Lady Jag

It’s Bono!


25 posted on 07/09/2010 3:53:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Bono knows


26 posted on 07/09/2010 4:02:04 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Double your income... Fire the government)
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To: Kaslin

We named him Arthur but we call him Art for short.

27 posted on 07/09/2010 4:04:53 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Kaslin

This is what I call art, but I can only speak for myself.

http://www.allartclassic.com/img/Rembrandt_Harmensz_van_Rijn_REH016.jpg


28 posted on 07/09/2010 4:23:09 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: bamahead

The government shows us how our tax dollars are being spent. If there was ever a case for Libertarianism, this is it.


29 posted on 07/09/2010 4:24:29 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: Elsie; samadams2000; reaganaut; greyfoxx39; T Minus Four; Zakeet; colorcountry
Greatest Landscape Artists in America

All coming to Southern Utah in August.

30 posted on 07/09/2010 4:39:30 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, where Mr. Milquetoast lives with his "Persecution Complex")
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To: Utah Binger

MORE Here

31 posted on 07/09/2010 4:46:35 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, where Mr. Milquetoast lives with his "Persecution Complex")
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To: Utah Binger

And More Here

32 posted on 07/09/2010 4:50:17 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, where Mr. Milquetoast lives with his "Persecution Complex")
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To: Utah Binger
A real art show coming soon.

Gonske an American Master

33 posted on 07/09/2010 4:54:10 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, where Mr. Milquetoast lives with his "Persecution Complex")
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To: Utah Binger
Join the opt in email list if you are a serious collector.
34 posted on 07/09/2010 4:58:30 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, where Mr. Milquetoast lives with his "Persecution Complex")
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I had an art major roommate in college whose final project was a bronze cheeto. He did it as a big “up yours” to the department.


35 posted on 07/09/2010 5:06:38 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hah! We don’t have cable, so it won’t be very near us.

But I’d be interested in seeing your Elvis.


36 posted on 07/09/2010 8:32:16 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily)
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To: dmz

Perhaps, but the sort of crap these contestants are producing is the sort of crap the American art world adores these days.


37 posted on 07/09/2010 8:44:36 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (Vuvuzela: The ancient, traditional, injection-molded polystyrene horn of the Zulu people.--Wideawake)
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To: Kaslin; Republicanprofessor

CARHENGE

38 posted on 07/09/2010 8:59:36 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: TheOldLady

I’ll have to get a .38.


39 posted on 07/09/2010 9:20:15 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

You don’t already have one? Can’t you use your .45?


40 posted on 07/09/2010 9:24:45 PM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily)
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To: TheOldLady

Overpenetration has a tendency to ruin performance art.


41 posted on 07/09/2010 9:55:47 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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