Art world links which caught my eye…
Marcel Duchamp, “L.H.O.O.Q”, 1919
(Apparently if you pronounce these letters in French, it’s a pun for “She Has a Hot Ass” )
This Art & Object article has this to say about the 20th century art movement, Dada:
Artists in this movement were largely anti-war, anti-bourgeois, and radically leftist. The work they made was designed to question society at large, which they believed was falling apart. They did not aim to make beautiful art but rather to make statements and start conversations.
In my book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization, I wrote on Dada as well:
The Dada artists may have been the first non-state funded propagandists. They were amateurs emphasizing ideological commitment over artistic achievement. Any gesture would do as long as it was said to advance the cause. By emphasizing doctrines of demolition instead of the skilled labor associated with traditional art forms, Dadaopened a Pandora’s box of truly questionable acts and objects being presented as art.
This wasn’t Modern art, pushing at the boundaries of expression towards a more enriching experience. These were acts of cynicism and nihilism, seeking negation, cultivating chaos and discord. The practitioners unilaterally claimed victory over the enduring standards of Western civilization; enough intellectual idiots bought into their hype to sustain it, and we’ve been dealing with the consequences ever since.
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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