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Jul 23, 2013 samktg commented on Vladimir Putin's Anti-Gay Pogrom—What We Can Do About It From Seattle.
Can we use a word other than "pogrom" to describe this evil legislation? As a bi Jewish guy, it kind of rankles to have the massacre, rape, plundering and destruction of (almost exclusively) Jewish communities by gentile citizens directed by (usually) the Russian government compared to mass repression and imprisonment of LGBT people and the pulling apart of our families. Can we recognize that while both of these things are evil, they aren't the same thing and shouldn't be compared?
Jul 22, 2013 samktg commented on The Saturday Morning News.
@40, Yes, elucidating. It would probably make you proud to be called an antisemite by a Zionist Jew, so I won't.
Jul 22, 2013 samktg commented on Vladimir Putin's Anti-Gay Pogrom—What We Can Do About It From Seattle.
@1, I'm thinking it's program, not pogrom.
Jul 21, 2013 samktg commented on The Saturday Morning News.
@37, In what capacity was she right about Israel? In that Israelis have no understanding of Palestinians? In that Israelis need to go back to Germany, Russia and Poland? In that Zionists control the White House, Congress, Hollywood, and Wall Street? In that Israeli occupation and settlement are equivalent to Nazi Germany? In that Jews have not been persecuted since World War II? Please, clarify.
Jun 21, 2013 samktg commented on What You Don't Know About Mauve.
This belongs in Cabinet. Good read.
Jun 19, 2013 samktg commented on "Positive, Uplifting, and Invigorating Art" to "Offset Grey Days".
@4, People on Slog are eager to talk about books, movies, TV, comedy, and music – Slog cares about art. The audience is too general, though, to sustain the kind of art discussion you might find on an overtly art world blog like Hyperallergic. Contemporary art is esoteric, and the language surrounding it is oblique. It's not integrated into most people's everyday lives the way other art cultures are. It's hard for most people to meaningfully engage with contemporary art, and when it doesn't click, I think most people feel excluded and even stupid. And while Slog isn't most people, it certainly isn't Hyperallergic. Responses to contemporary art postings on Slog are mostly always going to be crickets... or hostile.

Jen deserves a better audience, really. Contemporary art could change to fit people's lives better, too.
Jun 19, 2013 samktg commented on "Positive, Uplifting, and Invigorating Art" to "Offset Grey Days".
"What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, an art which could be for every mental worker, for the businessman as well as the man of letters, for example, a soothing, calming influence on the mind, something like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue." Can't believe no one mentioned Matisse.

My guess is they think it will bring in buyers who are afraid of the "criticality" so pervasive in contemporary art, but still want to be seen as patrons of the arts.
Jun 11, 2013 samktg commented on Jeff Koons, White Preschooler Supplicant to the White One Percent.
@13, I agree, it's a bit simple, and is cause for confusion with regards to the actual classical sculptures incorporated and the postmodern practice. Frankly, though, I despise Koons (on a level that goes well beyond more common negative opinions) and thought the review did an otherwise lovely job of dragging his name and work through the mud.
Jun 11, 2013 samktg commented on Jeff Koons, White Preschooler Supplicant to the White One Percent.
@6, Modernism and classicism don't refer here to 20th century MoMA-approved art or to the reformulation of classical ideals. As I read it, Modernism here means something more like "socially transformative" while classicism aligns more closely with "conservative" or even "regressive." It gets particularly confusing because Koons has made a postmodern raid on classical sculpture. And yeah, it's decadent.

Just go read the article on Hyperallergic, Yau gives Koons a sound metaphorical drubbing. It's fun to watch, even if you already have a solid opinion on Koons.
Jun 11, 2013 samktg commented on Jeff Koons, White Preschooler Supplicant to the White One Percent.
I like to imagine I live in a reality where neither Koons nor Gagosian nor even Zwirner exist. I salute Yau for his fortitude in dealing with all three.

What really stuck out in the article for me was this line, almost an aside:
It is not painting that is dead, but the repeated use of Pop culture as an unconsidered source, an easy go-to pool of images.

It mostly is lazy, and it's a convenient way for the wealthy to enjoy "low" culture without the "low" people. It drives me up the wall.
 
 

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