DAILY ART FIX: NYC gallery selling Hunter Biden art gets vandalized

Art world links which caught my eye…

The NY art gallery where the Biden crime family will be running a money laundering scheme this fall got tagged by an attention seeking “agitator” on July 9, 2021.

Rod Webber is known for previous stunts like eating the infamous “$120,000 banana duct taped to a wall” conceptual artwork by Maurizio Cattelan (read more about THE AWFUL ARTIST BEHIND THE $120,000 BANANA). In 2019 he ran for office using the name “Rod Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself.”

“Activist” Rod Webber

According to reports:

Webber is accused of arriving at the West Broadway gallery around 4 p.m. Friday and spray painting Daddy backwards on the wall.

He told a police officer “I was trying to paint the phrase, ‘Daddy is a war criminal,’ ” a prosecutor said Saturday at Webber’s arraignment in Manhattan criminal court. He was charged with assault, criminal mischief, attempted assault, making graffiti, and possession of graffiti instruments.

Webber is just trying to insert himself into controversial situations to bring attention to himself, but at least he’s calling out the blatant bribery which is going on. I doubt Hunter even made the “art” the gallery will be hawking. In 2020 I wrote about the corrupt scheme here: HUNTER BIDEN IS TRYING TO CASH IN ON THE REDEMPTIVE POWER OF ART.

I was wrong about something in that earlier article: Joe Biden did become the Democrat nominee.

However, I was correct in expecting Biden would not be elected as President.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

Exposing the Art World’s Critical Race Theory Problem

It seems like it’s in the news every day now. An establishment ploy to divide and distract Americans is finally getting the attention and pushback it deserves in some of the fields where it is occurring.

However, there is a vital area where this toxic plot is still going unchallenged.

The destructive ideology of Critical Race Theory (CRT) has operated like a stealth bomber up until recently. No one realized it was there, until it started dropping its payload of hatred, bitterness, and manipulation on unsuspecting targets across society.

CRT is a top-down effort to persuade us into accepting the cognitive dissonance that behaving like bigots is the solution to bigotry. Of course, what the New Aristocracy of the Well Connected really wants to do isn’t what they claim they are doing. The establishment doesn’t want solutions. They deliberately invent problems where there are none, and make existing problems worse. The point of bigotry is bigotry, as Orwell might have informed us; an officially cultivated and sanctioned policy of intolerance against those who don’t conform. Ultimately, the elites don’t care whether the people are persuaded or not, as long as we obey.

The establishment has played a long game, slowly imposing a totalitarian state on a free people. The two electoral victories of President Donald Trump (one of them currently stolen) shocked globalists into accelerating their timeline. To accomplish the undermining of America’s strength, our would-be ruling class needs their divide-and-conquer propaganda to become the only recognized model of our society. They distribute CRT indoctrination through the institutions they control: academia, the media, Big Tech, and corporate boardrooms. It’s one big PsyOp directed at the American populace.

But the elitist urgency to force race hatred onto goodhearted and proud American citizens has backfired. Even the censorship imposed here in life behind the Silicon Curtain can’t stop the information from spreading. Patriots are confronting schoolboards, shutting off the fake news, and boycotting woke businesses. This is just the beginning.

But an important aspect of our culture is still suffering from unchecked CRT distortions: the arts. Establishment art has been in a crisis of relevance for decades now, so it’s not surprising most people are oblivious to these latest examples of extremist rot. The cultural consequences of this unacknowledged festering could be immense. 

I didn’t have to look far to find examples. Just about every art site I visit in my ongoing research is riddled with leftist ideology. As the art world is a place dominated by virtue signaling and trend following, CRT is hot right now. I could go on and on with all the artists, museums, schools, and foundations hyping CRT. These samples of CRT proselyting come from three of the major art publications operating today.

Each article comes with a preposterous (and self-serving) assertion treated as if it were a factual statement. Simultaneously, there is a contemptuous and condescending attitude towards the abilities of those they claim to be advocating for. It’s what Thomas Sowell describes as the “soft bigotry of low expectations.”

ARTnews: As Atlanta’s Art Scene Evolves, Historic Injustices and Hopes for New Futures Come into Focus

But for all its giving over the years, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta had a problem with who was getting that funding—until [social justice activist Heather] Infantry took up the cause. After finding that 87 percent of foundation funds had historically gone to white-led organizations, Infantry went public with the news while pointing out that certain rules for eligibility (related to budget and staff size, for example) effectively shut out many small and struggling arts organizations that needed support the most. “When you get down to it, the Community Foundation is an incredibly racist institution when it creates guidelines and criteria that disqualify Black arts organizations that are so prolific and abundant,” said Infantry, whose advocacy efforts helped change things for the better. [emphasis mine]

Assertion: Objective, consistent performance standards are racist! Implied: minorities are poor and disorganized.

Art In America: How Dionne Lee Combines Darkroom Techniques with Wilderness Survival Tactics

Lee began interrogating the racialized histories of the American landscape by means of photography in 2016, while an MFA student at the California College of the Arts… The works bespeak Lee’s interest in exploring the body’s relationship to the land, and in tools that facilitate survival in the wilderness, an ability relevant to both social history and climate change. Motivated by fear of impending ecological disaster, Lee has been learning a number of outdoor skills: how to navigate, make fires, and forage for food. During a lecture at the Rhode Island School of Design last fall, Lee noted, “My ancestors, who were enslaved, had to be survivalists, and I’m attempting to reclaim that heritage.” In response to nearly drowning in a public pool as a child, she made her gelatin silver print A place to drown (2019) by scanning an image of a desolate swimming hole. Lee slowly dragged a found photograph across a digital flatbed, and the resulting image is a distorted view of what seems like a gaping hole, perhaps a portal for escape. Swimming is yet another survival skill that reflects histories of racial oppression. The work brings up questions of access: historically, who had the right to swim? Who had access to water? Who had the privilege to perfect the survival skill of swimming? [emphasis mine]

Assertion: Swimming is racist! Implied: This teacher from Stanford University, who is taking part in an exhibit sponsored by the New York Museum of Modern Art, is marginalized and oppressed. Bonus climate change alarmism in this one! I’m sure college art activist is a fine set of skills to bring to the pending weather apocalypse she anticipates.

ARTFORUM: School Spirit – Jessica Lynne on art and Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCUs]

In an era framed by the political fervor of the Movement for Black Lives, “mainstream” (read: white) museums, galleries, cinemas, and other cultural organizations are frantic to reckon with the oppressions that have structured their existences, hiring more Black leadership and curatorial staff, increasing acquisitions of work by Black artists and other artists of color, and investing in infrastructure that supports the education of Black students and scholars. [emphasis mine] But if you were to ask your average art-world denizen to discuss the position of HBCUs in relation to these ongoing structural negotiations, you would most likely be met with blank stares.

Assertion: Scrambling to accommodate affirmative action is racist! (Well, it actually is, but not in the way the author of the article thinks). Implied: Minorities can’t be accomplished artists and scholars in their own right, so they need to be promoted on the basis of skin color.

The CRT sickness is spread by a combination of would-be authoritarians, useful idiots, and fearful followers. It’s an emotional, and ultimately a spiritual, disease.

Critical Race Theory is a product of Postmodernism, the corrupt operating system of elitists around the world. Postmodernism is a clumsy Cultural Marxist power grab disguised with sophistry and misdirection.

In 1999, two English artists, Charles Thomson and Billy Childish, first codified Remodernism, a cultural shift destined to displace the failed tyranny of Postmodernism. They wrote, ” Why do we need a new spirituality in art? Because connecting in a meaningful way is what makes people happy. Being understood and understanding each other makes life enjoyable and worth living.”

CRT is not about this kind of connection; it aims to shame and dominate.

At the time of Remodernism’s founding, Thomson and Childish used the absurdity and excesses of the Conceptual art movement to define their opposition. But even those seemingly silly offerings were political; harbingers of cultural suicide camouflaged as kitschy sculptures, rotting animals, and dirty beds in museums.

When Art Was Just Stupid: Jeff Koons “Michael Jackson and Bubbles”

Now the pretense is gone, and we see art being openly used as a weapon for bullying.

CRT is a set of lies about the essence of the United States, claiming the greatest nation in history was founded by racism in order to enable even more racism. The CRT assault is aimed directly at all those who took the inspiring words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

CRT betrays Dr. King’s dream, his example, his legacy, and indeed the premise of America, as stated in our national motto: E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, One.”

We can say this because American is not a race, or an ethnicity, or a class. American is a set of principles, and appreciation for the opportunities those principles provide. That’s why the United States was called a melting pot for so long: despite all of our varied origins and circumstances, America gives a fresh start. We were forming a new civilization together, making many into that new dynamic Unum, the likes of which the world had never seen.

The world didn’t like this.

They attacked us by inserting a kind of disease into what should be the United States. Critical Race Theory is a virus, an infection unleashed by an anti-American globalist cabal to weaken our nation.

There’s a lot of that going around lately.

It’s sad to see CRT being utilized anywhere, but it’s especially galling to see it applied to the arts. Art is one of the things that brings us together, throughout all times, and all cultures. The art world can be as big as all of humankind, if we do it right. That is why it’s worth speaking out against these cynical attempts to use art as a wedge. We can defeat this impulse by making art great again, and using it as an expression of the unity and brotherhood of our better natures. It’s the American way, after all.

Critical Race Theory is incompatible with art, and by extension, with civilization.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

Artist Quotes About America

Reposted from July 3, 2017 

Thornton Dial “Don’t Matter How Raggly The Flag, It Still Got To Tie Us Together”

“If we going to change the world, we got to look at the little man.”

Thornton Dial

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Happy Independence Day!

In large part, the creative classes are saturated in globalist propaganda. The institutional indoctrination is very thorough, and of course most funding opportunities rely on conforming to the elitist gentry agenda.  Sad!

However, there are examples of artists who spoke their minds about the fantastic nature of the American experience. In the United States our culture is currently experiencing the death throes of manipulative, oppressive Postmodernism. As we enter the new era of Remodernism, the return of art as a revelation, expect to see more artists express the ethos of liberty in deeds, words and pictures.

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Andy Warhol “Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan)”

“I met someone on the street who said wasn’t it great that we’re going to have a movie star for president, that it was so Pop, and when you think about it like that, it is great, it’s so American.”

-Andy Warhol

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Thomas Eakins “The Champion Single Sculls”

“Of course, it is well to go abroad and see the works of the old masters, but Americans… must strike out for themselves, and only by doing this will we create a great and distinctly American art.”

-Thomas Eakins

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Arthur Dove “Me and the Moon”

“What constitutes American painting?… things may be in America, but it’s what is in the artist that counts. What do we call ‘American’ outside of painting? Inventiveness, restlessness, speed, change..”

-Arthur Dove

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Jacob Lawrence “The Migration Series Panel 58”


“Maybe…humanity to you has been reduced to the sterility of the line, the cube, the circle, and the square; devoid of all feeling, cold and highly esoteric. If this is so, I can well understand why you cannot portray the true America. It is because you have lost all feeling for man.”

-Jacob Lawrence

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Willem De Kooning “Dark Pond”

“I feel sometimes an American artist must feel, like a baseball player or something – a member of a team writing American history.”

-Willem De Kooning

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Georgia O’Keeffe “Cow Skull: Red, White and Blue”

“One can not be an American by going about saying that one is an American. It is necessary to feel America, like America, love America and then work.”

-Georgia O’Keeffe

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Jack Kerouac “Untitled”

“I felt like a million dollars; I was adventuring in the crazy American night.”

-Jack Kerouac

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Grant Wood “Stone City, Iowa”

“I had to go to France to appreciate Iowa.”

-Grant Wood

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Richard Bledsoe “The Pop Star”

Remodernism is the latest iteration of the American character: ordinary people working as explorers and inventors, optimistic, self-reliant and productive.”

-Richard Bledsoe

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

DAILY ART FIX: Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here’s How To Start A Habit

Art world links which caught my eye…

How to start an art habit

The making and contemplation of art is part of what makes us human. Such a vital experience is too important to leave to the experts-especially now, when we have such corrupted and incompetent credentialed classes trying to run everything.

Do your part for humanity by exploring your creative side, no matter form it takes. It’s good for you, too:

The act of creation can reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood, says Girija Kaimal, a professor at Drexel University and a leading researcher in art therapy. And flexing our creative side can give us a stronger sense of agency — the ability to solve problems by imagining possible solutions.

Making art can also feel pretty awesome, she says. Engaging in any act of visual expression activates the reward pathway in your brain, “which is perceived as a pleasurable experience.”

Read the full article and hear a recording here: NPR – Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here’s How To Start A Habit

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

DAILY ART FIX: Why our “wandering brains” are wired to love art and nature

Art world links which caught my eye…

Fractal Screenshot

Barabeke “Eye of the Storm”

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Real art has a utilitarian purpose. It’s a machine for delivering fascination. As such, it’s humanity’s oldest form of technology.

Why does art work? I would surprised if anyone has ever been able to really explain it. Art is a mystery to experience, not a puzzle to be solved. But medical science has some explanations of physical state changes art seems to evoke. Patterns play a role, which reinforces my belief that art is most effective when it echoes the underlying order of the universe:

But why do we enjoy this state of being so much? Why do we prefer some plants, or some works of art, over others? Some sights and sounds tend to amplify these spontaneous fluctuations and others do not. For instance, scientists have shown that taking a walk outdoors tends to increase mind-wandering due to certain patterns in nature called fractals. The same thing happens when we view these patterns and proportions in art. A fractal is a particular repeating coarse-grained to fine-grain pattern, such as a tree whose forking patterns repeat in its branches, twigs, and leaf veins. 

When we look at the world, our unconscious eye movements or “eye saccades” also have a fractal pattern as they move over images. When we view fractal patterns with our fractal eye movements, our bodies become less stressed, and we mind-wander more as images emerge and disappear from conscious awareness. Even our brainwaves become more fractal and more interconnected when our minds wander. And this experience of reverie tends to feel good.

Read the whole article here: I apologize that it comes from mostly sleazy SALON-Why our “wandering brains” are wired to love art and nature

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

The Invisible Sculpture Sale is Symbolic of the Systematic Shams Elites Expect Us to Swallow

Artist sells 'invisible sculpture' for $18K | Fox News

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet:

The $18,000 “Immaterial” Sculpture

The art world is in a crisis of relevance these days. Just about the only time art gets attention outside the culture industry cocoon is when it can exemplify stupidity, envy, or a combination of the two.

Stupidity comes when a PR hungry artist performs a silly stunt, like taping a banana to the wall. Or puts their dirty unmade bed into a gallery

Envy is invoked when a stunning sales price is announced. Most understand a high value for rarity and quality, such as a presumed work by a master like Leonardo Di Vinci; the uncertain Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million in 2017. People wonder how anyone could have that much money to spend on something made just to look at, and imagine what they could do those kind of funds.

But usually the art selling for inflated amounts doesn’t have that kind of legendary provenance. It’s in Modern and Contemporary art where foolishness and asset covetousness come together most clearly. It occurs when the general public sees obvious scams lavishly rewarded. The banana sold for $120,000. The unmade bed is valued at over $4 million now. The populace rightly scoffs at the sheer folly on display.

Salvatore Garau, an Italian trickster, produced a recent example of expensive non-art. His “immaterial” sculpture Io Sono (I Am) sold for $18,000. The piece does not exist. What the purchaser received for their money was the artiste’s word salad poor excuse for an explanation and a gen-u-ine “certificate of authenticity.” The patron must keep a 5 foot square space available for the nothing to be on display; fortunately, it does not require any special lighting or climate control. What a bargain.

There’s many unsavory factors festering under the surface in the art market. Money laundering, tax evasion, and insider trading doubtlessly drive the high financing. And yet there is something more sinister at work here than white collar crimes.

The villains aren’t the con artists who produce, or pretend to produce, ridiculous rubbish in the name of art. They’re just bit players. The real source of dangerous and deliberate derangement is the globalist New Aristocracy of the Well Connected. They’ve inherited and/or invented a whole phony world we all are expected to play along with.

The establishment has mislabeled hoaxes as art for at least a century. In 1917, a mentally ill woman submitted a urinal to an exhibit. The French charlatan Marcel Duchamp later took credit for it as a new form of expression; in fact, a higher form of expression, where something which is obviously not art becomes art by relying on elitist acceptance and support to function.

If you don’t accept a urinal – or an invisible sculpture, or a banana, or dirty linens – as art, well, that just proves you are one of those knuckle-dragging mouth breathers with deplorable Neanderthal thinking. The members of the club-they get it. Don’t you want to be a member of the club?

Art was just the thin edge of the wedge. It’s like visionary William Blake tried to warn us, “Empire follows art and not vice versa.” After the establishment weaponized art into an assault on reality itself, and made it a litmus test for social status, they’ve rolled out numerous other deceptive mandates to obey.

It’s so much worse than just having an opinion on an ambiguous situation. Again and again, the actual evidence contradicts the elitist position. Instead of accepting reality, our ruling class assume they can will their preferences into existence just by agreeing amongst themselves, insisting the rest of us go along with them, and blocking any channel for the truth to come out. It’s extra convenient for the in-crowd to advocate for any absurdity that comes along, because as elites they are not held to the standards of behavior they demand of others.

Our Postmodern Progressive overlords have developed a long list of required false beliefs for their followers to conform to: man made climate change is an emergency. Systematic racism exists. Citizens don’t need guns. The problem with the Middle East is Israel. Speech is violence and violence is speech, depending who the speaker is. Men can become women or women can become men just because they want to. Abortion is not infanticide. Defunding the police will lead to safer communities. The Woo Hoo flu is such a danger we must give up our Constitution. That same Woo Hoo flu was not released by the Chi Coms accidently on purpose. We did not just experience the most consequential and blatant election fraud in history. Joe Biden is not a perverted vegetable. Patriots are domestic terrorists. All will be well if we submit to our Postmodern Progressive overlords.

I bet if you believe one of these delusions, you believe them all. Congratulations, you’ve been successfully indoctrinated!

We’ve gotten to the point where there is such a disconnect between elitist desires and reality, it is a threat. The danger comes from just how far the establishment will go to maintain the illusionary world they’ve schemed into existence. The elitists believe they have power because they are just that much better than everyone else, not because they are willing participants in a consolidated combine of lies and cronyism. It will hurt to lose their prestige. They will defend it viciously.

Art is good place to start, to help ease the establishment out of their attitude of omnipotence. Hans Christian Anderson nailed the situation when he wrote “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” We all need to be the little boy speaking truth to power.

The Emperors are naked. There is no invisible sculpture. And the whole Marxist program is based on lies.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Remodernism is not a style of art, it is a form of motivation. We express the universal language of inspired humanity.

We do not imitate what came before. We find in ourselves the same divine essence of love and excitement which has inspired masterpieces throughout history. We are strengthened by drawing on traditions thousands of years old.

We integrate the bold, visionary efforts of the Modern era into a holistic, meaningful expression of contemporary life. Remodernism seeks a humble maturity which heals the fragmentation and contradictions of Modernism, and obliterates the narcissistic lies of Postmodernism.

Remodernism is the return of art as a revelation.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!

DAILY ART FIX: Hilma af Klint Pioneered Abstractions and Spoke with Spirits.

Art world links which caught my eye…

Hilma af Klint works at a

Hilma af Klint works at a 2014 show of her art.

The works of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (October 26, 1862-October 21, 1944) has seen a surge in interest recently. The non-objective paintings she created while following spiritualist practices are being considered the innovation which led to abstract art as a dominant force in Western art.

I would suggest that was not a positive influence.

Key quote from the article:

Starting in 1896, af Klint and four of her female artist friends formed a cadre known as the Friday Group, which was dedicated to the study of Judeo-Christian scripture, followed by séances intended to reach beings that existed beyond the visible world. Eventually, they began calling themselves the Five, and they continued meeting for years. Their séances proved particularly influential for af Klint, whose leap into abstraction was spurred on by the deities who spoke to her. By 1904, she was claiming that she’d been commanded to do artworks by these beings, and working under the sign of one such deity named Amaliel, she undertook a full year of preparation to create what would become some of her most famous works…

During her séances held with the Five, af Klint felt that she was being commanded to build a temple to house a number of artworks. “Amaliel offered me a work and I answered immediately Yes,” she wrote in her notebook. “This was the large work, that I was to perform in my life.” And indeed it wound up being her largest realized project: She produced more than 190 paintings total for a series known as “Paintings for the Temple,” with a whopping 111 of them alone being produced between 1907 and 1908. Ultimately, the temple she envisioned these works—a four-story form with a spiral staircase at its center—was never realized.

Read the full article here: ARTNEWS – Hilma af Klint Pioneered Abstractions and Spoke with Spirits. Here’s Why She’s Important.

Hilma af Klint, 'Altarbilder, Grupp X, nr 1. Altarbild', 1915.

Hilda af Klint “Altarbilder,Grupp X, nr 1. Altarbild” 1915

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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DAILY ART FIX: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED- Vintage Music Reviews Shriekback “Oil and Gold”

In 2010, I used to write a monthly column for a local punk zine, AZKAOS. “This is What Happened” was a series of reviews on older alternative albums. This was one of my 2010 contributions.

SHRIEKBACK OIL & GOLD vinyl record - Amazon.com Music

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED

Commentaries on Old Stuff

By Richard Bledsoe

SHRIEKBACK “Oil and Gold” Released on Island Records 1985

Going by the 20-year theory of cultural recycling, we should already be moving into the retro 90’s. Brace yourselves-soon enough, new bands will be featuring white boy funk metal, angry political hip-hop, and repetitive shoegaze-all clearing the way for a flannel tsunami of neo-grunge.

But in the meantime we continue to crawl through the treacherous alleyways of the 80s revival. So much musical went on in that decade, it makes sense it would take longer than the normal two-decade pattern to reabsorb it all. After the punk explosion of the late 70’s, the scene fragmented Tower of Babel style into dozens of genres, movements and sub-movements. Pre-internet, with little mainstream support or exposure, word of mouth and the exchange of cassette tapes (dubbed from vinyl) were the prime ways to keep track of the latest developments in the cultural landscape. For a time, the now obscure band Shriekback were big stars in this underground-they were a mix tape staple.

Shriekback had strong credentials. Bassist Dave Allen was from legendary post punk band Gang of Four. That group’s hard, jittery funk and strident social commentary carried on punk’s spirit of protest. Shriekback’s vocalist and keyboardist Barry Andrews was with XTC while they were still playing spastic, angular Elvis Costello-style pop. With the addition of guitarist Carl Marsh and a rotating cast of support musicians, Allen and Andrews went in the electronic dance music direction.

Oil and Gold was the splendor of their achievement; an intensely moody album, it swings from gospel chorus exuberance to whispering, depressive lullabies. It references many of the musical movements that were active at the time, with measures of Gothic foreboding, New Romantic artiness, Post Punk statacco, and slick New Wave drum machines and synthesizers.

The fast numbers feature Allen’s driving bass lines and Andrew’s shout/chant vocals, featuring complex, rather abstract lyrics. “Everything That Rises Must Converge” channels the Talking Heads while name-dropping Flannery O’Conner. “Hammerheads” is an ominous (but danceable) take on reactionary aggression. And “Nemesis” is the closet thing they ever had to a greatest hit. The guitar roars like prehistoric beast while a lyrical celebration of decadence unfolds:  “Love has no meaning, not where they come from/But we know pleasure/Is not that simple/very little fruit is forbidden/sometimes we wobble, sometimes we’re strong/But you know evil is an exact science/Being carefully correctly wrong.”

There is a profoundly pretentious and entertaining period music video for this song.

But is in the slower pieces that Shriekback really accomplishes its finest work. Spacey progressive passages that would not sound out of place on a Peter Gabriel record incorporate a sorrowful, beautiful atmosphere. Here Andrews is subduded, oozing melancholy over delicate passages of soft percussion and introspective, lilting melodies. The vocals are also sweetened by soulful female voices harmonizing. “Only Thing That Shines” is a cutter’s anthem, a paean to both the beloved and the razor. “Faded Flowers” is a rueful rumination on the end of road: “We had some good machines, but they don’t work no more/I loved you once, don’t love you anymore.” “Coelacanth” is an instrumental, haunted and dark as the ocean floor. And “This Big Hush” is an epic, an eerie, echoing dreamscape about the eternal conflict between fear and desire.

Director Michael Mann recognized the power of these last two works. He featured them prominently in the 1986 film Manhunter, the first of the Hannibal Lecter movies. Forget the poorly cast remake Red Dragon, which featured such ridiculous images as Ralph Fiennes as a ruggedly handsome serial killer, Edward Norton trying to act tough, and Anthony Hopkins taking a stab at being hip by wearing a tiny ponytail. Manhunter used towering freak Tom Noonan as the Tooth Fairy, Miami Vice style minimalist design and artful music video inspired cinematography. The two songs from Oil and Gold are incorporated into scenes as the monsterous murderer toys with redemption-“Coelacanth” when he arranges for a blind girl to caress the body of a sedated tiger, and later “This Big Hush” over a truly ambiguous love scene.

Oil and Gold is very much of its era-80’s synthpop with a dark undercurrent. But the intelligence, energy and strong song writing it incorporates makes it an album that has stood the test of time.

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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DAILY ART FIX: UNFINISHED DRAWINGS AND THE ART OF WAITING

Art world links which caught my eye…

Reblogged from Michele Bledsoe’s blog The Secret Kingdom

My wife knows the patience of art.

My sketchbooks are filled

with unfinished drawings.

I return to them

often..

and pick up exactly where I left off.

They wait.

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Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

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DAILY ART FIX: The Sublime and the Divine; Commentary on the Integrity of Art

Update on a post from January 8, 2015

alternative evolution

Richard Bledsoe “Alternative Evolution” acrylic on canvas 24″ x 36″ 

Humanity is not perfectible. All efforts to defy our natures through our own efforts lead to division, fragmentation, conflict and failure. Modernity was an accurate representation of the spirit of its age, of the schisms that develop inside and outside of people when we make ourselves the center of the universe. Modern art documented the frantic casting about for a solution, trying out this theory, that theory, this aesthetic, that approach, but all such efforts are doomed. “These fragments I have shored against my ruins,” Eliot wrote, but the ruin will always break through in the end.

What the Masters had was a sense of integrity the Modern world rejected-integrity in the sense of wholeness, a sound condition. This is the spirit of Remodernism. We can learn from and use all the discord and ruptures of the last century and put the pieces back together. The Modern experiment failed. It did not bring perfection into the world by using human intellect, a feeble and limited tool under the best of circumstances. What is called for is a new mode of understanding, which is actually a very old mode of understanding. Enduring wisdom is greater than the equivocations of rationality.

This article from 2013 addresses why the achievements of Modernism fall short of the works of the Masters.

Key quote:

“Yet the achievements of a Michelangelo — those that have survived — simply dwarf those of the Bacons, Freuds and the rest, in spite of all the resources of modernity. What changed? Was it, in Max Weber’s phrase, the ‘disenchantment’ of the world? Last month the New York Review of Books carried a previously unpublished talk by T.S. Eliot to a Cambridge literary society in 1924. In it, he defined modernity as ‘the movement which accepted the divorce of human and divine, denied the divine, and asserted the perfection of the human to be the divine’.”

Read the full article here: STANDPOINT – The Sublime and the Divine

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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I don’t fundraise off of my blog. I don’t ask for Patreon or Paypal donations. If you’d like to support the Remodern mission, buy a book. Or a painting

Learn more About My Art: Visionary Experience

My wife Michele Bledsoe has written her own inspirational book, Painting, Passion and the Art of Life.

Remodernism Video: BEFORE THERE WAS FAKE NEWS, THERE WAS FAKE ART

Visit other posts for more commentary on the state of the arts.

Please send any inquiries to info@remodernamerica.com. Thank you!