DAILY ART FIX: Empire Follows Art

This month, I became a contributor to The Masculinist, a website exploring men, faith, and culture.

From August 3, 2021: Empire Follows Art

William Blake “Job’s Evil Dream”

William Blake “Job’s Evil Dream” Photograph: [Public Domain] Wikimedia Commons

If anyone had been paying attention to how badly elitist mismanagement was damaging art for the last hundred years or so, we might have been better prepared to counter all the other forms of carnage they are now unleashing. What they did to the art world has become their default operating system across the board.

“Empire follows art and not vice versa,” warned the great English artist William Blake. Think of empire in this context not as a geographical entity, but more as the various ideas and modes unified under a belief system, so ingrained we largely aren’t even aware of it.

Read the whole article here: THE MASCULINIST – Empire Follows Art


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4 thoughts on “DAILY ART FIX: Empire Follows Art

  1. Issues of interest, the cultural shift in which the field laborer, the artisan and the aristocrat each attain gratification, from their unique perspectives , in a work of art, does as you suggest in the article, to be as anachronistic and a thing of the past . Russell Lynes in his 1949 “The Tastemakers” , an amusing and yet prescient cultural exploration defining Highbrow, Middlebrow and Lowbrow art appreciation , predict this unfortunate reality (His “The Art Makers” , 1970, equally worth reading). I’m not sure what the solution is other than awareness, speaking out against this boondogglery and as much as possible, as artists, not partaking in the game. Easier said than done when looking for and engaging in, museum exhibitions. I try , for this has been my aim, to be as forthright and true as possible to myself and to the work.
    In closing I tried to leave this comment on the Masculinist but for some reason the comment option wasn’t available to me- perhaps I have to follow the site.
    Take care,

  2. Those who abuse art as a status symbol miss the point of it altogether-especially when in their pursuit of “sophistication,” they came to embrace garbage and hoaxes instead of art. Thanks for checking out the Masculinist! Sorry for the comment issue, I will have to look into it.

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