DAILY ART FIX: On “The Melancholy Marriage of Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch”

Art world links which caught my eye…

Epic Fail: In a Recent Exhibit, Tracey Emin’s “Art ” is Overwhelmed by a Genuine Master, Edvard Munch

If you don’t know who Tracey Emin is…you’re lucky.

In my 2018 book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization, I described Tracey Emin’s type of artwork:

The phenomenon of Postmodern art is a codification of the worst traits in contemporary society: plutocratic influence hawking a type of nihilism, all tarted up with tawdry narcissism and brazen incompetence. Such art offerings flatter elitist tastes. It feeds into their inflated sense of themselves as liberated forward thinkers, while at the same time affirming for them that their sordid, debased preferences are the final word on the human condition.

The elites are still trying to make this untalented UK celebrity into a respected artist. The latest gambit was to pair her in an exhibit with the legendary genius painter, Edvard Munch. Of course, it just makes her work look even more feeble.

Key quote from the article:

 But some of her larger paintings in this show seem to be strangely empty of content. Although the size is bold enough, full of promise, the painted lines are very few. These are images moving toward a fuller realization of themselves, but that have, somehow, failed or stopped, leaving an inner emptiness.

Read the whole article here: HYPERALLERGENIC-The Melancholy Marriage of Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch


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ART QUOTES: Sagittarius Artists


William Blake “Centaur”

“I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.”

-William Blake ( born November 28, 1757)


I don’t believe the stars control our fates, or can be used to tell our fortunes. But life has proven to me again and again the time of year a person is born does seem to influence their personalities.

Why would this be the case? I have no idea. But my observations show me the universe is full of patterns, cycles, all evidence of the great underlying order beyond our limited human perceptions. The pseudo-science of astrology is the result of centuries of study on human behavior. Somehow we find echos of our souls projected out into a cosmic scale; around and around we all go, playing our variations of the 12 eternal roles manifested in symbols of animals, mythical beasts, and human archetypes.

We are now in the time of Sagittarius (November 22 -December 21). They are symbolized by the centaur archer, a summation of their temperament: always galloping around excitedly, while innocently shooting off arrows of tactless commentary.

Sagittarius Traits

  • Optimistic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Philosophical
  • Adventurous
  • Careless
  • Impatient

Can you see the Sagittarius personality reflected in the work and words of these artists?


Walt Disney and friends

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
-Walt Disney (born December 5, 1901)
Edvard Munch “Four Stages in Life”
“My whole life has been spent walking by the side of a bottomless chasm, jumping from stone to stone. Sometimes I try to leave my narrow path and join the swirling mainstream of life, but I always find myself drawn inexorably back towards the chasm’s edge, and there I shall walk until the day I finally fall into the abyss.”
-Edvard Munch (born December 12, 1863)
Charles Schulz, a dog and his boy
“My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?”
-Charles Shulz (born November 26, 1922)
Wassily Kandinsky “Movement 1”
“The true work of art is born from the Artist: a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being.”
-Wassily Kandinsky (born December 16, 1866)



ART QUOTES: Peter Doig


Peter Doig “Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre” 77″ x 116″

“If you look at the two costumed figures represented in Gasthof, they are the gatekeepers to the world of painting. These are the people who allow you to disband your disbelief, like an entrance to a dream. For me they are dressed up like the Byrds, pretending to be from another time, although this could lead to a much too specific background, musically as well as historically. In the end, they are at the center of attraction while equally being out of time.”

-Peter Doig


Peter Doig creates dreamlike paintings, influenced by the likes of Edvard Munch and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, that combine a hallucinatory palette with expressive brushwork. Here the image of the two men derives from a photograph taken when the artist was working as a dresser at the London Coliseum. One night, after a production of Igor Stravinsky’s Petrouchka (1911), Doig and a friend donned costumes from the performance and comically posed for a picture. The artist initially used this photograph as the basis for a figure study; he then superimposed the two men on a landscape borrowed from an antique postcard, depicting the vista from an old German tavern, Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre.

-The Art Institute of Chicago