Monthly Archives: February 2011

Confessions of an art guerrilla; critics, painters often scam unwary public

“The Scream,” a pastel by late Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sold this year for $120 million at Sothby’s. I screamed when I read the news: “What a rip-off!!!” Your Aunt Susie could do a better job of drawing with finger paints.

Listen, my children, and you shall hear – the confessions of an art guerrilla: I am the

Mona Lisa: a big bust

ErnestoCheGuevara of the art set, a nasty rebel amongst aesthetes of the wine and cheese brigade.  I’ve banished the drab opinions of ” experts” and now accept only art that I personally prefer.  And like my alter ego, Che,  I intend to make ceaseless war on the fat sacred cows of painting.

This urge to topple fat-headedness is so heretical that I don’t even like Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” that hymn to Renaissance mediocrity which has been hyped for centuries as a world masterpiece beyond price. Oh, it is okay, a nice piece of drawing, but that’s all. I might hang it on the wall if someone gave me Leonardo’s artwork for free. But in no alternate universe fantasy would I waste millions of dollars buying it. A great place to display it would be the bathroom, where visitors are in a hurry and in no mood to linger over the painting’s deficiencies. Continue reading

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