Andre Gregory, in My Dinner with Andre (1981) describing the actual NYC artworld of the early 1980s… bored, boring, and zombified. And now what? Thirty-five years after the con art world is still extolling and imitating exactly the same zombified dead end artwork crowding into hip venues or International Art Fairs where all the new exciting “emerging” NEW art is flogged by the same commercial hustlers.
And it’s all accompanied by the liberal PC fascism George Carlin describes:
And instead of realizing they’re completely out of step with reality, we have Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post running stories that anyone who doesn’t agree with the Liberal PC line is a Communist subscribing to Russian propaganda. As insane as this charge is, these delusional ninnies and their hysterical followers no doubt believe it.
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi rightly condemns the Post and it’s McArthyite lies as “shameful and disgusting.” It’s quite surreal to find the Fake News of the corporate mainstream press denouncing the actual news that one can only find through alternative media as Russian propaganda. But that’s the Orwellian world we exist in. People sit glued to their NPR, PBS, Rachel Maddow, New York Times listening to total nonsense. We’ve just seen them spend 6 months getting every single thing completely wrong about the election. For just one example reassuring every one of their listeners that the ascendancy of Trump spelled the total destruction of the Republicans as a viable party. That this was the end of the Republican Party. In case nobody has noticed the Republican Party has virtually demolished the Democrats.
And what is the Dem response? To drift off into total fantasy, calling the few people who were writing serious and truthful analysis of what was happening “Russian” propaganda. The only thing I find of interest at this point in watching this liberal mob of total imbeciles is just what they’re going to come up with next. Of course, they’ll all believe it just so long as nitwits like Tom Friedman and David Brooks and Paul Krugman, who have gotten every conceivable thing possible wrong for decades, tell them what is real and what isn’t.
Hats off to you, George Orwell. You called it, buddy.
I enjoyed this piece by JH Kunstler in relation to what Eric wrote in a comment about how he found himself in the one category in art school, that is invariably either derided or ostracized, straight white males. But this happened long ago with the trashing of the abstract expressionists. It’s simply been codified and repeated endlessly as I note above with the liberal PC line and zombification of art where everything is “art for art’s sake.” In other words art is totally disconnected from the real world but instead addresses itself solely to an infantile pseudo-utopia of how “artists” think the world should be, in accordance to their own individually narcissistic fantasies.
I don’t entirely agree with Kunstler’s piece entirely, but I certainly appreciate that he’s one of the few people who will even address the enormous elephant in the room that all the fantasists choose to ignore. He writes; “Hillary was expected to drive the final wooden stake through masculinity’s demonic heart…but something went wrong..and she was disarmed…and now this cheeto-headed monster in a red necktie is the president-elect. There must have been a clerical error.” And this: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign was engineered from the get-go to complete the demolition of American manhood in what turned out to be a reckless miscalculation.”
Of course, this is what nobody will admit, including the white males themselves who invariably go along with the tiresomely stupid PC line that is obviously only being followed by the dumbest people in society and note that 53 percent of women voters went for Trump. Nobody will admit that the art world has become a vacuous echo chamber of PC posturing. Nobody can admit that it’s all the PC fascism (as Carlin rightly calls it) that has led to the Republicans sitting not just in the White House but are now in their control of the rest of the branches of government. In effect, the PC fascism of the Democrats has insured the real fascism of the Republicans. That’s what has happened. But will the PC libs look around at the ruin they’ve brought to pass? No. It’s everybody else’s fault but theirs. It couldn’t be theirs. They went to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford.. The only way a moronic Reality TV star jackass is President is that the Russians and the alternative media and the Bernie Sanders voters who stayed home did it.
Rather than recognizing the clear failure and incompetence that have turned them into a failed party we get Bezos’ Washington Post running moronic articles that are, in fact, lies in furtherance of Hilllary’s McArthyite declarations (with no proof whatsoever) that Vladimir Putin has been hacking into DNC email and running propaganda through 200 alternative media sites from Ron Paul on the right to Counterpunch the Left. In other words, virtually anybody who disagrees with whatever the mainstream corporate media, NPR, PBS and the rest of the absurd propaganda machinery the braindead public at large choose as their particular form of infotainment.
As far as white males being in as much or more distress than other groups making much more vociferous claims about their oppression it’s worth looking at the suicide statistics compiled by the CDC. The white male suicide rate in 2014 was 25.8 in 100,000. Well over three times that of the white female suicide rate of 7.5. Black males were at 10.5. Hispanic males 10.3.
So how is it that Hispanics, blacks and women being so furiously oppressed by the white patriarchy are being left in the dust when it comes to white males killing themselves off because they find the world they live in today intolerable?
I wonder when Liberals, which includes the con art world by and large, are ever going to realize that we’re living in a fascist country in all but name…. much less that they’re the ones who bear the responsibility for that being the case. That it isn’t the Russians! That it isn’t Julian Assange, Ed Snowdon, Bradley Manning. That it isn’t all the “anti-Americans” trying to speak the truth. That it isn’t even some “basket of deplorable” rednecks. That this disaster of an economy and ruin of a culture have been just as much designed and carried out by liberal Democrats as they have been by Republicans. As a matter of fact, the Democrats are the ones responsible for this joke of a culture much more than are the Republicans.
But just keep on pretending that bronze beer cans, and the queens vagina, and tracey emin stuffing cash up her twat, and black dicks hanging out of menswear are exactly what we should be showing in our art museums to show our children true culture. And also keep pretending that this sea of horse shit is somehow not the responsibility of the liberal Art community that has either kept their mouths shut about it or sucked it all down with gusto, showing how wonderfully tolerant and moral they really are.