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More Modern ‘Art’ for the Wall of Shame

Examples of the late Cy Twombly's modernist "art" style.

In the movie ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ Gunny says to Vincent Dinofrio, “You’re so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!”

Another touchstone moment in Modern “Art” degeneracy occurred last month at Christie’s in New York. While the world and (((media))) focused full-court attention on the sale of renowned artist Leonardo da Vinci‘s “Salvator Mundi” (c. 1500) for $785.9 million, a lesser-known late “artist’s” modernist crap raked in a whopping total of $73.7 million.

Cy Twombly’s (1928-2011) huge looping red scrawls (see below) titled “Untitled” (2005) sold for $46.4 million with premium. Another Twombly painting titled “Sunset” (1957) featuring the artist’s signature scribblings on a white background sold for $27.3 million. This comes from what is referred to as the “deskilled school of art”.

Wag rag Tate.com bloviates about Twombley’s work thusly:

Red is the colour of wine, but also of blood, and these canvases encompass both the sensual pleasure and violent debauchery associated with the god. This contrast is echoed in the paintings’ combination of euphoric loops that soar upwards and vermilion floods of paint that ooze and cascade down the canvas. The unfurling gestures of these paintings were made, like Henri Matisse’s works in old age, with a brush affixed to the end of a pole, which lends them their vitality and scale.

The exorbitant price that the red scrawls fetched wasn’t a fluke. In fact, it could even be called a bargain. In 2015, another of Twombly’s works — also called “Untitled” and resembles scribbles on a chalkboard (see below) — sold at auction for $70.5 million. The funds raised from the sale financed the construction of the 55,000-square-foot Jewish-center entertainment pavilion for Koreatown’s Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles’ oldest Jewish congregation. Isn’t it curious how inflated assets are “monetized” to benefit “certain elites”? What a scam!

L.A. arts patron selling Cy Twombly painting to fund synagogue events center
Cy Twombly’s “Untitled (New York City)” brought in $70.5 million. PHOTO: LA Times/Cy Twombly/Sotheby’s

In the following humorous and astute critique, Paul Joseph Watson eviscerates the Modern Art movement. (No, this is not an endorsement of Watson. Yes, he can be a tool — to say the least.)

17 Comments on More Modern ‘Art’ for the Wall of Shame

  1. Readers, thank you for all of the though-provoking comments and insights.
    There is so much beautiful art in the world. But it doesn’t really fit in to our banal culture today, does it? Scribbles do though, as do ejaculations on a sheet of parchment paper, framed and hung on a gallery wall. Such “art” succinctly expresses this pathetic anti-art era in which we live. The epitome would be for Christie’s to start accepting payment in Bitcoin.

    • Yes, it’s a tool, a manipulated and inflated asset with an underlying value that is marginal at best — sort of like Bitcoin. It goes far beyond subjective worth. It’s a scam.

  2. I have to say I cannot join TNN on this visceral dislike of modern painting – specifically in this case mid 20C Abstract Expressionism. I have seen something similar at allied sites re the classical music of the second Viennese school – Schoenberg, et.al.

    It’s a long story – … I would just like the commenters to note:

    These paintings are physical objects – fashioned by human hands – (and it does take considerable craft and skill and judgement as well as considerable manual labor to create paintings like these Twombly works). They can be considered to be part of perhaps the final important movement of a centuries long western tradition of “pigment on ground” aesthetic production – and the long-lived Twombly was among the last of the old guard.

    Then I would like commenters to look and try to see just how antique these works seem in the midst of our endless POST-modern present and it’s preferred modes of aesthetic production – that dreadful “performance art” in which the hand and manual craftsmanship have no role and which results in no enduring object.

    Now it’s true that the fine art industry is no less depraved than Miley Cyrus. I know of one long established NYC gallery recently selling outright forgeries as work of some of the Abstract Expres painters (ooops, they said – caveat emptor). But all that is really no reflection on Twombly or his work.

    The Bolsheviks in the years before the revolution had a slogan: “No enemies on the left!” (By which they meant something like: we intend to achieve absolute power but these guys might be useful on the way there).

    Maybe we need to consider something similar: No enemies among classical composers! (No enemies among oil on canvas painters! is even less catchy.) By which I mean what?… that the age in which Twombly produced these works is irrecoverably gone and that our present is much, much darker after the essential disappearance of the tradition in which he worked.

  3. Modern art really seems to be a big joke. I will never forget the time in my highschool years when I went to the MOMA and saw a blank canvas hanging on the wall, front and center. A blank canvas with not one drop of paint on it, called ‘blank’ or ’empty’ or some name such as those. I was so appalled by this, I really thought it was a giant joke. An ‘artist’ got paid and fame for a blank fucking canvas. That day was when I realized what a crock this modern art was, and I stopped wasting time and money on it completely. The artwork from the renassanice period is spectacular, full of detail and true talent.

  4. Another ‘truther critiquing modern art’ who, like Paul Joseph Watson, is also a gov limited-hang-out psy-op, is ‘Miles Mathis’, who is getting a lot of links from truthers these days. There is interesting and sometimes well-written radical ‘truth’ material on the ‘Miles Mathis’ site but it is mixed with much that is suspicious.

    Re art, ‘Miles Mathis’ has written about how ‘modern art’ has long been exposed as a scam manipulated by a cabal of art critics, galltery owners etc., going back to Tom Wolfe’s 1975 book ‘The Painted Word’. Recently, ‘Mathis’ posted on ‘Yes, the Leonardo Painting is a Fake’ re the recent sold artwork.

    ‘Radical truther Miles Mathis’ – who actually seems to be several different people – sells a great deal of traditional style romantic art on his website which he claims to create … some of which is of undressed pre-pubescent children.

    ‘Miles Mathis’ is maybe most noted for his unusual theory that the 1963 JFK assassination was fake, a movie like the ‘moon landings’, also the 1968 killing of Kennedy’s brother, also the 1999 plane crash killing of JFK’s son were fakes … ‘Mathis’ suggests the Kennedys actually help run the USA from behind the scenes, the top elites being quite hidden

    ‘Miles Mathis’ goes very extreme on assassinations, mass murders, and celebrity deaths being widely fake, as if almost no one ever is really dead.

    ‘Miles Mathis’ writes about psy-ops … tho he himself seems to be psy-op. ‘Miles Mathis’ says:

    « The Agencies don’t care what you think. The truth can’t harm them. It has gotten to the point where they leak the truth themselves, to inconvenience one another – or just for fun.

    « The secret agencies are so powerful they don’t even have to be secret anymore. Haven’t you noticed how all the movies and TV shows are about the CIA now? They write about themselves, because that is what they know and because they can. So what if you see through them? Suppose you learn the whole truth? Suppose you decode the matrix? What are you going to do about it? Same thing you are doing now: nothing. »

    ‘Miles Mathis’ seems to be several different people, at least 4. There is a somewhat real-seeming person, an artist in Taos, New Mexico, USA, selling paintings and drawings, he gives his phone number on the site … with some of his ‘art’ being of nude pre-pubescent girls.

    Then there is this ‘math physics genius’ with scientific papers on the site, supposedly creating controversy amongst university professors etc.

    Then there are 2 or more people doing a high volume of ‘truther’ pdf files which sometimes have lots of hard-to-read genealogy … sometimes he sounds like a USA guy … sometimes a very Brit bloke using obscure UK slang, obviously not the same writer.

    ‘Miles Mathis’ says the elite don’t fly on aeroplanes because they whizz around the earth quickly on some kind of super-fast craft developed in secret, which people don’t know about, that is why the Mach 2 Concorde was cancelled after 2003, and why most of us still fly on planes not much changed from the late 1950s.

    • I believe Miles Mathis has hit some home runs.Modern art IS A SCAM precisely as Mathis characterizes it.

      He superbly spots connections and anomolies. I used him as a source in my Dreyfus Affair and Charles Manson articles and you in particular would be interested in knowing in: The Dubious July 16, 1945, ‘A-Bomb’ Trinity Test
      http://www.winterwatch.net/2017/08/02/the-dubious-july-16-1945-a-bomb-test-at-trinity/

      He is definitely an extreme ultra-fake everything theoritican though- so much so that he could be limited hangout. I don’t really think so, he just has an interpretative framework that is not too dissimilar to mine. I do suggest that people read his material and give it some consideration. It is not necessary to buy into it all, but more than once in awhile- bingo.

      • I agree with a lot of what Mathis posts, but his major flaw IMO is that he refuses to believe that the elites could actually be Satanists, despite a lot of evidence to the contrary. instead he insists that all of the occult references and symbolism in the world is made up by intelligence.

    • I’ve been to the Mathis site and entertained his theory that the JFK assassination was faked for a while, but concluded that there was too much evidence in favor of it being real ( the aftermath, Vietnam, the people involved, Marilyn, etc.). Still, the possibility that death events are hoaxes is quite strong especially these days. Saw Rand Paul in a recent video talking about the surveillance laws and wondered if we had been told the truth about his assault. If I remember correctly he had broken 5 or 6 ribs and sustained multiple contusions, yet he looked spotless, walked well, and displayed no signs of having been nearly beaten to death as it was reported. Did it really happen? Was he wisked off to a bunker for his own protection? Any of that is possible and that is what is important. Mathis’ art was garbage and it definitely red flags the site completely. I haven’t gone back.

    • Wolfe’s thesis in The Painted Word was that by the 1970s, modern art had moved away from being a visual experience, and more often was an illustration of art critics’ theories. Wolfe criticized avant-garde art, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. The main target of Wolfe’s book, however, was not so much the artists, as the critics. In particular, Wolfe criticized three prominent art critics whom he dubbed the (((kings of “Cultureburg”: Clement Greenberg, Harold Rosenberg and Leo Steinberg.))) Wolfe argued that these three men were dominating the world of art with their theories and that, unlike the world of literature in which anyone can buy a book, the art world was controlled by an insular circle of rich collectors, museums and critics with outsized influence.

      A review in The New Republic called Wolfe a fascist.

      • Poland’s new prime minister is a Jewish banker, Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki, formerly Chairman of the Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK Group (part of banking giant Santander), with an academic background both in Poland and the USA

        Personally of Christian affiliation, Morawiecki in his first speech as Prime Minister, spoke of his “Jewish brothers”, of the Żegota Polish resistance group that helped Jews during World War II, and of Solidarity in which his father was involved

        Perhaps Morawiecki will spark enhanced Polish-Russian relations, as Morawiecki will be able to link closely with Vladimir Putin’s good friends at Chabad, such as ‘Putin’s rabbi’, the also-US-educated Berel Lazar

        Article from the Jewish Telegraph Agency on their Jewish compatriot now leading Poland

    • I have been a regular reader of Miles’ site and am most impressed by his clear and rational approach of the big topics. I think you do not need to be rocket scientist to follow his analysis and do some of your own independent research on suspicious events (read: 95% of media hyped events): his most important message (and hardly the advice of a controlled minion i suppose). Only consider the blatant terrorist hoaxes as of late. No academic degree needed to pull that apart whatsoever, neither the MO of these events nor the more than apparent aim of it (a brave new of age of self-inflicted perpetual serfdom). The genealogy part of his papers are demanding yet extremely convincing to me, though admit i haven’t checked every trace myself (full time job and 3 hours a day travelling is time-consuming enough so i let others do that for me…). It is rife with speculating on Mathis’ part, but the patterns in the families running the show is more than obvious. His deep research and analysis to me don’t fit the profile of a ‘limited’ hang-out, especially compared to an intellectually-empty populist shell like a Paul Joseph Watson, + I could hardly imagine what is ‘limited’ about MM, considering the extreme implications of his revelations (his MLK paper for example is earth shaking if you ask me, with it wiping the entire floor of all the so-called grassroots movement, then and now). I cannot vouch for his physics papers, i don’t have the proper background for it, but suspect these are topics of a mostly obscure nature that are hardly interesting to 99% of the population, so why bother going through all the fuzz? Also classical art has been abundant with paintings of naked babies, let’s throw out that bath water as well… Still I am triggered though by your thesis, and would suggest some more elaboration on your theory of 4 persona…

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