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Its art, Jim: but not as we know it!

By Mike Cunningham On December 6th, 2017

First a Professorship; then the Turner.

My my, we are giving the lollipops away easily these days!

26 Responses to “Its art, Jim: but not as we know it!”

  1. Ah, modern art?

    I remember reading about this sometime ago..

    Pierre Brassau: The Chimp Who Fooled Art Critics

    Unless you’re well-versed in art history, chances are it’s hard for you to tell a good abstract painting from a bad one. In fact, no one really expects you to. On the other hand, if you were, say, a fancy art critic, you shouldn’t get easily fooled by amateur works posing as greats, especially if said works were made by a chimpanzee, right? Well, that’s exactly that’s exactly what happened back in Sweden in 1964.

    After World War II, the art world took a turn for the abstract, a movement that featured artists like Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. To the lay person, these paintings were strange and nonsensical, but art critics were eating them up. Noticing this strange trend, Swedish journalist Åke “Dacke” Axelsson decided to test these critics by seeing if they could tell the difference between the work of a real abstract artist and a chimpanzee.

    To his surprise, the critics adored Peter’s paintings. In fact, one even went on to say:

    Brassau paints with powerful strokes, but also with clear determination. His brush strokes twist with furious fastidiousness. Pierre is an artist who performs with the delicacy of a ballet dancer.

    http://modernnotion.com/the-time-the-art-world-was-fooled-by-a-monkey-named-pierre-brassau/

  2. Himid, 63, also the first woman of colour to win, is praised by judges for addressing ‘difficult, painful’ issues

    White is a “colour”

  3. White is a “colour”

    what a thick comment Harri, you haven’t got a clue have you ?

  4. what a thick comment Harri, you haven’t got a clue have you ?

    Are you implying White is not a colour?

  5. Harri, on December 6th, 2017 at 11:06 AM Said:
    Himid, 63, also the first woman of colour to win, is praised by judges for addressing ‘difficult, painful’ issues
    White is a “colour”

    that is the kind of comment a stupid white racist bigot would say.

  6. I will however NOT LET THIS GO.
    If you people tire of it complain to Phantom.
    He accused me of inciting violence, that is a charge I will not let slide and I will continue until hell freezes over until YOU Tom retract it.
    Phantom where is my apology?
    You repeated over and over two lies. You have tried to hem and haw your way out of it. Are you not man enough to admit you are wrong?
    You repeatedly accused me of calling for violence put up proof or apologize.

  7. that is the kind of comment a stupid white racist bigot would say.

    Oi, less of the white.. you know it makes you all nauseous. 🙂

  8. I like Lubainaa Himid’s work. I went to an exhibition of hers in Preston a while ago. I think she deserved to win the Turner Prize. At least what she does shows more artistic talent than a Tracy Emmin style dirty bed, or a bucket of crap.

  9. jude – it’s OK to be white. If you black, you’d be shit at chess 🙂

  10. I’m probably going to regret asking this Allan, but I don’t understand your chess comment.

  11. Dave – jude is a bit of an ‘anti-racist’ with the usual baggage, but he also plays chess which I found bizarre as it relies heavily on reasoning. I simply asked him about the top black chess players etc because, you see, chess is racist. There are no black players in the top rankings at all – none, either through history……

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_top_chess_players_throughout_history

    or currently……

    https://ratings.fide.com/top.phtml?list=men

    Chess is also sexist as there are few, or even no, women. There are Indians and Chinese though. FWIW my favourite player is Anatoly Karpov

  12. Ah, Thanks for clearing that up Allen. I’m also a chess fan, and Anatoly Karpov, it’s also one of my favourite players. However when it comes to who’s the best at chess, I think you’ll find blue, beats black and white every time.

    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/196554-a-new-computer-chess-champion-is-crowned-and-the-continued-demise-of-human-grandmasters

  13. //I don’t understand your chess comment.//

    I thought it was a sly pun on the colours of the pieces in a chess game.

    Like, with the recent news from the Royals, you could say:

    White Knight takes Black Queen en passant.

    (Because in that game, I’m afraid the rest of us are all pawns. – ok, ok, sorry)

  14. chess is a universal game allan, there are women’s league and men’s leagues, plenty of chinese gm’s , indian gm’s its neither rascist not sexist in any shape of from . Stop digging allan !

  15. I like Lubainaa Himid’s work. I went to an exhibition of hers in Preston a while ago. I think she deserved to win the Turner Prize.

    Me too, Dave. I saw her Oxford exhibition earlier this year. She is a proper artist with interesting ideas who, more to the point, can paint.

    She isn’t a ‘conceptual’ artist or one of those charlatans whose ‘video installations’ dominated the visual arts prizes for years. She doesn’t make the lights flicker on and off every four seconds like Martin Creed, who won the Turner a decade ago. She paints pictures, she makes sculptures and draws on paper. Many of them, like this one, are beautiful and technically accomplished as well as richly allegorical. One might expect a traditionalist like Mike to approve. Yet, strangely, he does not. Why, I wonder?

    First a Professorship

    Dozens, if not hundreds, of artists in this country are also professors of art, Mike. What problem could you possibly have with this celebrated black woman artist being a professor?

    This is a cowardly and philistine post.

  16. Masterson
    do you believe I owe you an apology?

  17. White Knight takes Black Queen en passant

    Outstanding Noel 🙂

  18. and she’s a Catholic…..

  19. Jude – chess is a game played on a board, the same board for all, with the same pieces for all. Unfortunately for leftists, the results are not ‘equal’. White men are top, only beaten by computers which white men invented. For leftists such as you, these are unfortunate facts, but facts they are nonetheless.

    Ironically, the greatest performance by any player was against a computer in 2002 when Vladimir Kramnik took a 2-0 lead over Deep Fritz: I was following this match closely and the World Champion was in superb form.

  20. Arggh hate to say it but its only pawns that can take “en passant”
    this might work
    White Knight forks King and Queen , captures Black Queen 🙂

  21. Jude, if White Knight forks Queen and King, Queen takes White’s Castle.

  22. Masterson
    do you believe I owe you an apology?

    No, I certainly wasn’t demanding or waiting for one. If truth be told, I think calling me a ‘moron’ was a bit out of order. But as far as I’m concerned that’s ancient history.

  23. Fine others said I owe you an apology.

    What I said on the subject still stands, however if me saying your were a moron offended you I do apologize.

    Sorry

  24. Surely calling the custodian of this site a “useful idiot” woud merit an apology?

  25. Patrick – since you’re on some kind of ‘peace med’ at the moment, why don’t you apologise to the world on behalf of the entire US for things that anybody, anywhere, may feel aggrieved about?

  26. and she’s a Catholic…..

    She went to a Catholic school?.

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