April 10 is Slow Art Day. Establishment Art Can’t Stand Up to Such Scrutiny.

Norman Rockwell “Art Connoisseur”

It’s an often quoted statistic that the average museum goer only spends 30 seconds looking at each artwork they encounter. 

The sad truth is, regarding much of modern and contemporary art, that’s about 27 seconds longer than needed.

The visual arts are in a crisis of relevance, largely due to dire mismanagement by our cultural institutions. Instead of being encouraged as a communion for all, for over a century many art administrators have favored art as a divider, an opportunity to flaunt elitist attitudes. Officially sanctioned art often emphasizes theoretical formal matters and sociological notions designed to exclude, rather than engage, the general public.

The same gurus that managed to marginalize a potent and universal human tradition which is older than agriculture are concerned over their waning influence in the culture. They’ve come up with a great solution: spend MORE time looking at the crappy, off-putting junk they’ve chosen to clutter our museums up with.

This need to reengage is made more urgent than ever due to the massive financial impacts of the Overblown Outbreak, the Woo Hoo Flu. Of course, museum administrators are status seeking and striving players in the New Aristocracy of the Well Connected. They were strident and vocal advocates for fear, shutdowns, and hysteria. Now, after leading the charge for the destruction of society, our cultural institutions are concerned about their fiscal futures. Actions and consequences, how do they work?

So the same places that chased away the populace by presenting pretentious artifice instead of art, and then demanded we all cower under house arrest indefinitely, now want people to turn out, and linger. Globalist mouthpiece the Washington Post reports on the dilemma in their article:

THE WASHINTON POST: The ‘Slow Art’ Movement isn’t Just About Staring Endlessly at Paintings. It’s Also About Accessibility.

“This year’s Slow Art Day — April 10 — comes at a time when museums find themselves in vastly different circumstances. Some are just reopening. Others have been closed for more than a year. Many are facing unprecedented layoffs or embroiled in controversies over diversity. But across the board, they are grappling with questions about who feels welcome in their spaces….

“At Slow Art Day events, museums generally ask visitors to look at five objects for 10 minutes each — enough time, often, to keep them looking a little longer.”

There is evidence abstract art’s 20th century dominance was a part of a CIA psy op, initially meant to increase America’s international prestige in the fight against international communism.  Now that communists are running the Agency, abstract art is yesterday’s news, but it is still revered as a pinnacle of highbrow taste.

Check out the blather of the would-be thought leader who wrote the Post article, waxing poetic about the fine embroidery on the Emperor’s New Clothes:

“After an hour spent in the cosmic, yellow world of Mildred Thompson’s “Magnetic Fields,” I noticed the alarmingly bright canvas subside into alternating tones of restraint and exclamation…”

Mildred Thompson “Magnetic Fields

Would You Willingly Stare at This for an Hour?

It’s just like Nietzsche said: when you stare into the vapid void, the vapid void stares into you. As I described in my 2018 book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

Nonrepresentational abstract art is a safe space, a compromise for those who wish to appear cultured, while still remaining in compliance with the establishment status quo.

Abstraction underwent a process of gentrification. Once it was the rough slum of the art world. It was considered evidence of the breakdown of the social order captured in random paint. No matter that artists claimed they were seeking to purify their art by removing references to the surrounding world. There was a generalized suspicion abstract artists were covering up a lack of actual artistic skill.

But the elitists seized on the broad dismissal of abstraction as a way to differentiate themselves from the general public they despised. Abstraction furthered their goal of changing art into a rarified status symbol. Removing the demand for recognizable talent from the equation, abstract art enabled an elitist crony system. Art world insiders got to pick and choose which people they acknowledged as “artists”. Abstract art was also in sync with the materialistic Modernist mindset. The rich and powerful moved on abstraction in a big way, renovating the neighborhood, as it were. Savvy upper middle class social climbers followed their lead.

As Modernism died and the high elite moved on to the anti-art of Postmodernism, abstraction remained as a stolid bourgeois default. This is possible because abstract art can succeed in one facet of what art does. It can be used for decoration.

All too often, abstract art fulfills a role much like a throw pillow: merely an accent, just another piece of the décor. Abstract art can be pretty, and even give a nice imitation of intensity, while remaining tame and non-committal.

Abstract art serves as a simulation of art for those who want to create the appearance of having art, without actually partaking in any of its most significant substance. Try to be tasteful, wind up bland.

Real art is many things, but it is not timid.

…Abstraction falls short in art’s most essential function: communication. Abstract artists may claim to pour intensity into undefined colors and shapes, but it’s hard to recognize. One paint smear looks much like another. It’s difficult to discern the intention behind them. It’s challenging and rewarding to convey a sense of the actual into art, however stylized it may be. More importantly, by representing reality, artists tap into the infinitely rich world of symbolism.

A symbol is when something is shown that expands into greater significance which is not literally shown. A symbol demonstrates that life is more than only what appears on the surface. A symbol gives clues towards the underlying mystery of existence…

Humans understand life through stories: patterns of events that illustrate ideas, incarnated by people taking action in a tangible environment. Abstract art misses out on these basic intrigues. Artists and patrons who don’t partake in representational art are losing the most powerful and worthwhile aspects of art. They fail to experience meaning.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying an uncomplicated, pleasant aesthetic experience. But art is capable of delivering so much more. Looking at abstract art, I want to ask: “Is that all you’ve got?” I’d expect a higher standard of performance from human beings, with all of our ingenuity and dexterity.

But the folly of trying to wring significance out of museum-cloistered smears and spatters may soon be a much rarer opportunity. The establishment has new version of empty not-art to virtue signal with: racialist propaganda.

As an example, the Syracuse Everson Museum of Art sold off a notable 1946 work by the notorious king of the abstract expressionists, Jackson Pollock, so they could bankroll diversity impulse buys. I bet the museum’s wiser board members are pissed, but are too afraid to say anything. Everson got $14 million to invest in treasures like these:

Sharif Bey “Protest Shield #2” 2020

Ellen Blalock “Bang Bang You Dead” 2018

These works stick obvious Cultural Marxist tropes where the nuanced and rewarding experience of art should be. They are visual one-liners. Patronizing maneuvers like these will do nothing to address the crisis of relevance in the visual arts. Swapping poorly executed icons of snobbery and obscurity for poorly executed icons of affirmative action and activism is just a new flavor for the same old failures and alienation our cultural institutions have been serving up for decades.

What we are seeing is the death throes of Postmodernism, the exhausted system of manipulation and deceit the elites have been using to rule over us for decades. The great critic Robert Hughes summed up the art experience Postmodernism does not provide in his landmark 1980 series, The Shock of the New. As he purred in his patrician Australian accent:

“In the 45 years I’ve been writing about art, there has been a tragic depreciation in the traditional skills of painting and drawing, the nuts and bolts of the profession…Painting and drawing bring us into a different, a deeper, and more fully realized, relation to the object. We have had a gutful of fast art and fast food. What we need more of is slow art, art that holds time as a vase holds water. Art that grows out of modes of perception and making whose skill and doggedness make you think and feel. Art that isn’t merely sensational, that doesn’t get its message across in ten seconds, that isn’t falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep running in our natures. In a word, art that is the opposite of mass media.”

As Postmodernism is devoured by its own doublethink and frustration, the replacement philosophy of Remodernism is simmering and growing among the people, looking for new ways to manifest itself. This Invisible War is not over.

By all means, spend time with some real art. You will know the art that resonates with your taste when you see it, and no one can tell you that what you like is wrong. Better than just visiting for ten minutes, fill your home, and your life, with it. My wife and I are both painters, and the walls of our house are covered in original works. It’s like living inside a treasure chest.

Who knows, some probably genuinely love the abstraction and agitprop favored by the self-aggrandizing gentry class. However, probably most people “like” it because they believe it’s what is expected of the social status they aspire to.

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COVID, THE ARTS, AND OUR SKIN SUIT WEARING ESTABLISHMENT

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Governing Class Manipulations are the Worst Pandemic of All

I was never a big Twitter user. So once they started in with the Stalinist censorship, it was easy for me to boycott them, as every freedom-loving person should.

I assume the pithy humorist Iowahawk is no longer on the platform. I may be wrong, but I won’t give them a single click to try and verify. Iowahawk’s little stilettos of wit were Wrongthink incarnate; whether he got kicked off or joined the stampede away from @Jack’s totalitarian tactics, I couldn’t say.

Over the years, one of Iowahawk’s greatest hits became a recurring meme on the blog Instapundit. Our Cultural Marxist dominated culture gave plenty of opportunities to apply it.

Back When Twitter Still Mattered: IOWAHAWK Nailed It

After the kamikaze elitist coup against reality that was 2020, it looks like our entire establishment is now attired in the flayed husks Iowahawk described. They’re strutting around like so many lamb silencing Buffalo Bills, decked out in, um, recycled finery, the rotting remains of what were once our enduring cultural assumptions. We peasants are supposed to look up from the pit they’ve thrown our society into, and tell them how pretty they look. It’s a grotesque display. 

I was reminded of the catastrophic lies we are expected to accept when I read a recent article about the Overblown Outbreak and the arts:

USA TODAY: Why We Need the Arts and Humanities to Get Us Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

“In addressing these issues, among others, society needs the work of scientists and health professionals to be informed by, and infused with, a wide range of human insight, experience and values,” the authors, Dr David Skorton and Dr Lisa Howley,  opine. “We need not just science but also the arts and humanities — and a union between them.”

Sounds reasonable, right? It ought to be, but you have to understand the bait and switch lurking in their sentiment. These doctors are wearing many layers of skin suits. They assume they can deceive us because we will still honor the institutional memories of the norms leftists have massacred and mutilated in their pursuit of unaccountable power.

First, they invoke Science. We are supposed to rely on it as our only hope:  “For 2021 to be brighter than last year, science and scientists must continue to play their indispensable roles, and must be taken seriously,” they intone.

But what is on offer is not science like it used to be, with careful collection and measurement of data, facts and evidence, tested and verified, peer reviewed and documented, to produce a reasonable, repeatable result. That is the skin we are supposed to see.

The truth behind the mask, and the masking, is “Obey me, because Science.” What we’re actually getting is Establishment Science, which is arbitrary, factless, incoherent, and nonsensical. We had to shut down the world for a virus with a 99.98% survival rate. The infection counts are based off unreliable tests which have found that samples of Coca Cola and papayas have Covid. The death counts are wildly inflated by claiming anyone “with” Covid died “of” Covid, which is not the same thing at all – let alone all the cases of flu, pneumonia, cancer, and even accidents, fed into the cooked Covid stats.

The demands of the Science they wield make no sense. We can go to Walmart, but not to church. Can’t go to school, but go ahead and join in with mass protests and riots. Even with a so-called “vaccine,” we are to remain masked and distanced forever. Why?

Consider the contradictory gyrations over time of a certain Dr. Fauci. He said at first no masks were necessary. Then he said that was lie he told the public (great ethics there Doc!) because medical professionals needed the masks and he didn’t want to run out – even though at the same time he said any old piece of cloth would do as a face covering. As if a bandanna could stop a virus. More recently he said two masks good, then recanted, then reversed again. Why anyone with a memory would believe anything this erratic bureaucratic hack says at this point is beyond me, but he is held up as the Voice of their specious Science, and we are all supposed to follow his deranged proclamations.

The authors treat the arts and humanities with the same misdirected appeal to long squandered creditability. They segue from science to the arts with a quote from a revered figure: “As no less a mathematician than Albert Einstein put it: ‘All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree’ because all serve the same larger purpose — to uplift the lives of human beings.” But then they go on to define what they mean when they say art: “imagination and curiosity, communication and empathy, critical thinking and social advocacy (emphasis mine.)”

The first five descriptors are the skin suit we are to recognize; traditional ideas of what art can do. It’s what art used to provide. However, if these deceptive doctors were honest about the current state of our cultural institutions, they would eliminate everything except the last item on that list, “social advocacy,” which corrupt totalitarians want to tack on to every facet of human existence these days. When these characters say the arts and humanities, what they really mean is “poorly camouflaged leftist activism.”

In Establishment art, social justice warrioring holds dominion over all. Instead of unifying us during this time of Corona, they want us to bask in the uplifting experiences like those available from the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art: “The pandemic of racism, the pandemic of lack of food access, those pandemics have been going on for many, many, many years.”

And from gallerists like the fellows at Passage Arts: “Their conversation spanned inequity, racism, the mis- and underrepresentation of indigenous voices, and the unequal power dynamic between galleries, artists, and collectors.”

Artist Charles Gaines offers up, “There’s another part to this, which is that I wanted to undermine universal notions. That came out of my lived experience as a Black person. If you’re Black, or if you look Black, there is a different set of rules than if you’re white. Being white has been [considered] a universal expression of humanity, and racism played into that by marginalizing people who are not white.”

Funny, it seems to me art is universal, and encompasses all times and all cultures. Art is as human as the opposable thumb, and just as prevalent. It’s older than agriculture. The arts and humanities could be a force bringing us all into harmony. But some cultivate fragmentation and factionalism in the arts, and in society in general, thinking it will bring them personal advantages they would otherwise not achieve.

It’s telling how Gaines describes the evolution of his own art: “… because my work of that period was not political. [Politics] really entered my work a decade later. To the world, it just looked like my use of grids and numbers was a continuation of the conceptual enterprise—and it took me a little while to understand the politics of that. My work just couldn’t get past a certain level of interest…But I reached a ceiling where I couldn’t get writers to write about me and curators weren’t interested in putting me in shows. The way I look at it, if I had got a bigger public profile, then I think Dia would have been interested.”

Paint by Numbers? Detail of artwork by Charles Gaines

The fast track these days is to cynically exploit progressive virtue signaling as a means of career advancement. Being a proclaimed activist artist allows mediocrities to garner attention while producing dull, dead end rehashes of ideas better explored by other artists.

The contemporary art world Establishment solicits proclaimed victimhood as a means of advancement, and it has devoured the industry. There’s no uplift to be had in preaching grievance, displaying covetousness, and trashing the mighty achievements accomplished by our forefathers. All this posturing is just another form of Cultural Marxist social engineering, which they accomplish through the manipulation of language, or to put it another way, lies.

The suffering and decline we are undergoing is meant to bring us to heel. What we are witnesses to is the practitioners of the toxic philosophy of Postmodernism making their big move to enslave humanity forever. As I state in my 2018 book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization:

A quick way to summarize Postmodernism is to describe it as a kind of magical thinking among the intelligentsia. They have convinced themselves and each other that language shapes the world, and by controlling the social narrative, they can force the universe into obedience.

The Modern era questioned truth and the nature of reality. Postmodernists flatly declare there is no such thing as truth, and “reality” is determined by the preferences of the powerful. Since they have maneuvered themselves to be in charge, the elitists behave as if reality had to conform to their theories, not the other way around.

Our would-be masters wove a make-believe world where their particular skill sets dominate. Because of the strategic way the establishment infiltrated their ridiculous conceits into society, they made great progress in remaking our civilization in their own corrupted image. For too long we’ve been enmeshed in their Matrix-like web of relentless misdirection, distraction, and subversion.

 Since the past is full of examples that contradict their assertions, Postmodernists attempt to deny, destroy, and redefine it. Since freethinking individuals might not agree with their stances, Postmodernists attempt to divide everyone into collective groups which can be manipulated into divisive conflicts.

Postmodernism is a cynical, despotic fantasy. It’s like a mafia made up of spoiled children. Because a lot of influential people have embraced it, we have the current ongoing disasters in our society. They are deadly serious about trying to make us all submit to their sense of entitlement, which is exactly the reason they need to be thwarted.

It’s a good thing these elitists are so profoundly ignorant of anything outside their ideological biases. They don’t understand actual history, only their pretend revisionist versions of it. They are so convinced of their own invulnerability, they overlook the inevitable fate of tyrants grown rigid.

The two doctors finish their pious piece with “The arts can not only help heal our bodies during these difficult times, they can help heal our souls.” While only God can heal our souls, art could be there for those seeking the solace of beauty, order, and inspiration. Unfortunately the current state of the institutional art offers only propaganda and proselyting. They don’t want to comfort, they want to convert.

Under Postmodernism’s tyranny, the arts and humanities don’t offer concord – they are meant to be a means for conquest.

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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

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

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TRUMP VS POSTMODERNISM

President Donald Trump is Ending the empire of Lies

So on Saturday November 7, 2020, all the colluding factions of the entrenched establishment unleashed The Big Lie #6,675,309. Based on unverified votes from four infamously corrupt, fraud-ridden cities, the fake news media now gets to certify the election, and declare Chinese takeout-brained child groper Joe Biden as President, at least until Komrade Kamala gets the nod to basement him permanently.

To borrow a phrase, that’s not how any of this works. But people too dumb to know better took to the streets to rejoice, forgetting all about the phony plague which enabled the mail in vote hoax in the first place. What we are seeing in this immense disconnect between belief and reality is the result of the cultural coup known as Postmodernism. Postmodernists believe they can rule merely through the manipulation of language and will power. It is the governing philosophy of globalism.

This blog is usually about art, though the various outrages of 2020 have been pulling me outside the normal scope of that topic. My perspectives on the dysfunctions of the contemporary art world have informed my insights of the great assaults occurring against Western culture. The weaponizing of our institutions against us has been a long term Marxist project. Extrapolations of the absurdities and abuses I first encountered in 1980s art school education are now informing our politics on a vast scale. And because the Left insists on trying to cram its preferences down everyone’s throats, now everything is supposed to be political.

Undermining and toxic ideas have been strategically fed to us for decades. And now the elites are trying to reap the harvest they have sown: a substantial percentage of the populace incapable of accurately understanding events happening right before their eyes. The preprogramed will reflexively follow the orders disseminated from on high. As I wrote in my 2018 book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilzation:

“Postmodernists are parasitic. They are so other-directed, they can’t
lead an independent existence.


“Postmodernists rely on a mob mentality to support and reinforce
their irrational ideas and behaviors. As their intellects cling to group
identification instead of independent thought, and their stunted emotions merely mirror groupthink expectations, Postmodernists are
primed to sell their souls to fit in. They deny there is any such thing as
a soul anyway, so it’s easy to give it up.


“The price doesn’t even need to be high. Postmodernism is a poverty-stricken ideology, so its practitioners have meager expectations.


“Most will never live the jet-setting lifestyle of their globalist masters.
These influencers don’t have to operate within the perimeters they
inflict on others. Postmodernists strive for the opportunity to bask in
the reflected glory of their controllers.

“As Postmodernists are in thrall to the limiting collectivist fantasies
of Marxism, it makes them anxious followers. They want to be in with
the in-crowd, part of what they are assured is the inevitable winning
side of history. It is the dream of every progressive to join the most
favored status clique, where their ilk gets to call the shots.


“This conceit plays into the leftist assumption that in the utopia to
come, some animals will be more equal than others, as Orwell predicted. They acknowledge no God that created all men equal.


“Leftwing rhetoric of fairness for all is just hype designed to deceive. Once triumphant, the radicals will punish their enemies and
reward their friends, just like Postmodernist President Barack Obama
urged them to do. Postmodern minions want to make sure they are in
good with these brutal inquisitors. Postmodernists will commit acts of senselessness and violence when top-down social pressure is applied.


“The Postmodernists have stolen the forms of religion to serve their
aims. Original sin is now race, or carbon footprints. Indulgences can
be purchased by reciting the catechisms of social justice. To prove
loyalty to the cause, the SJWs eagerly throw blasphemers into the fire.
Since they don’t know history, Postmodernists don’t see the predictable Marxist pattern that today’s obedient flock will be tomorrow’s
barbeque.


“The spiritual life of Postmodernism has been misdirected from
transcendental and enduring values to ponderous politics. Nothing is
sacred. There is no sense of continuity; only the needs of the moment
matter. Where there should be a human spirit engaged with the eternal choice between good and evil, Postmodernists substitute slavish
devotion to those who reduce morality to dominance.”

This is what we Americans are facing off with today: lying bullies who plan to extinguish our way of life, and to also extinguish as many of us as it takes to make that possible.

If you think this country’s bad off now, Just wait ’till I get through with it.

Another famous Marx is credited as saying: “Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”* Our Postmodern-indoctrinated brothers and sisters will accept the assertions of supreme leader Rufus T. Firefly over evidence and facts every time. It’s what they’ve been trained to do.

*(I know that’s a misquote of a line actually said by Chico. Forget it, I’m rolling. )

But despite the fast moving events unfolding, I actually feel very positive about the ultimate outcome. Because something happened that was not according to the Postmodern plot, and it ruined their timetable. The enemies of liberty had their hand forced. They’ve been exposed, and had to strike too soon. This is a miracle. If we’d have another decade of Postmodern manipulation, the American experiment would have been lost forever.

So what happened? Postmodernists did what they do best: they were so busy preening and gloating over their assumed superiority and omnipotence, they missed the reality taking form right before their eyes.

When Washington Democrats (and Republicans too) conspired to the crush the grassroots Tea Party which broke out to resist their excesses, they assumed that was the end of that. Their arrogance led them to overlook how the Tea Party energy crackling through the country found a champion: the skilled builder, executive, and class traitor Donald J. Trump. He left behind the luxurious lifestyle of a celebrity billionaire to confront and reverse the slow poisoning of our society.

I think it’s no accident he comes from a construction background. He understands having to confront and overcome tangible, complicated challenges, with the final results clear for all to see. This is an entirely different skillset from the Postmodern establishment, which specializes in word games, sycophancy, perversions, and criminal behaviors.

Because President Donald Trump does not conform to the poses and assumptions of the Postmodern elite, they didn’t take him seriously. They still continually underestimate him. This fraud-ridden election is coup #3 attempt against this man who pledged his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor to rescuing the United States from destruction. He’s seemed to thrive while doing it.

President Trump knows, better than any of us do, this is it. It’s crash or crash through. There will not be another chance if we fail at this key moment. American rule of law advises us that we follow a process to address this outrage of a stolen election. We will follow that process until it is exhausted before we take whatever next steps are needed to save the Republic. But we will give proof through this night that once again, our flag is still here.

It would be unimaginable that this world changing individual walked blindly into an office-ending ambush of voter fraud. President Trump has literally been describing and warning us about it for months. I don’t know what measures he organized to counter it; I expect we’ll find out soon enough.

If you are silly enough to think Trump was unprepared for this latest challenge, you haven’t been paying attention. Or maybe you are a Postmodernist.

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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

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

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

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Elitist Artist Marina Abramovic and Postmodernism’s Diabolical Agenda

Definitely Not a Satanist:

Marina Abramovic

 

“I’m only interested in an art which can change the ideology of society….”

-Marina Abramovic

 

Part of what I want this blog to do is highlight certain notable figures of the commercialized contemporary art world to a new audience.

I’d like to help educate all those good people who, up until now, have been uninterested, alienated, or even hostile to the efforts of today’s educated creative classes and their deep-pocketed supporters. From what I see, this potential audience of the disengaged is practically everyone in entire world.

What I want this newly attentive audience to appreciate is how correct they were to reject this garbage all along. This involves exposing the corruption festering away in the greedy and debased hearts of the institutions who have forced these toxins on an unwilling culture.

I also like to talk about inspirational figures and exciting new paths I see developing, but that’s for another post. I do see this as a time of renewal and opportunities. The future will be what we make of it, and I see a gathering of forces that ultimately will change the course of civilization. It’s part of what artists do; on an archetypal level we get the news before others, and help spread the word. Big changes are coming.

But the first step of recovery is to admit we have a problem, and the art world is a serious problem indeed.

Postmodernism rejects the combination of disciplined skills and inherent talent that made traditional art such a powerful human achievement. Postmodernism believes reality is shaped by manipulation and control of communications. It’s a form of magical thinking by the elites. They think they can break the endless chains of cause and effect, action and consequences, by stubbornly insisting on getting their way, always.

Marina Abramovic wanted to be an artist. In the 1970s she decided to become an artist not by making art, but by being a “performance artist.” This is when an artiste enacts some kind of public display, usually without the talent, coherence, or skills the traditional performing arts require.

Abramovic’s shtick was stupid rituals: playing with knives,  cavorting around flaming pentagrams, and publicly undergoing drug intoxications. Many later pieces feature feats of endurance, sort of like the one-time trend of flag-pole sitting, but with the added cache of pretentiousness and snobbery. Her risky yet pointless acts took her far in in the debased art world. She made good connections in the years since.

How good? How about right to the pinnacles of political power?

Wikileaked  2015 “Spirit Cooking” Invite for the Podesta Brothers 

 

That’s right, this celebrity artist was intertwined with the super-creepos Tony Podesta, and Hillary Clinton handler John “Skippy” Podesta. Tony Podesta’s “art collection” in particular is such a combination of unwitting confession and blatant horror show, I’ve never been able to finish the piece I started writing describing it.

The referenced “spirit cooking” seems to refer to an earlier piece by Abramovic which features a litany of nasty behaviors. The website Artsy was quick to explain away how any concerns raised over such ideas passing as art in the ruling class must be due to alt-right-nutsy-tinfoil-hatter-hater-fascists:

The email, which referenced Abramović’s 1996 performance piece Spirit Cooking, set off a false conspiracy theory concocted by the alt-right. It grossly misrepresented the email, distorted Abramović’s work, and drew the unsupported conclusion that Abramović, the brothers Podesta, and even Hillary Clinton were in cahoots as Satan-worshipping occultists…
It seems innocent enough: a dinner prepared by a controversial but influential artist whose work has been honored by prominent institutions the world over with large-scale exhibitions, honorary degrees, and more. (Her 2010 mid-career retrospective at MoMA, “The Artist is Present,” was one of the most popular shows the museum has ever mounted.) But members of the alt-right community decided to focus on selective facts about the performance, and in turn make massive “logical” (if that word even applies) jumps…
The ensuing bogus conclusions were inspired in large part by fairly buried documentation of a previously rather unknown 1996 Abramović performance and book of the same name. Unknown, not because Abramović had anything to hide, but because, in the grand scheme of her daring oeuvre, it wasn’t the strongest or by any means the most shocking piece she created. In it, a bespectacled, calm Abramović wrote absurdist phrases that resemble discombobulated, dark self-help mantras on the walls of an entire gallery in pigs blood.
Several of the phrases read:
“Fresh morning urine. Sprinkle over nightmare dreams.”
“With a sharp knife, cut deeply into the middle finger of your left hand. Eat the pain.”
“Mix fresh breast milk with fresh sperm milk. Drink on earthquake nights.”
“Sitting on a copper chair. Comb your hair with a clear quartz crystal brush, until your memory is released.”
Yes, the phrases resemble incantations or recipes for storybook potions. And true, they make little sense. But that’s precisely Abramović’s point. Across her career, she’s tapped into and simultaneously questioned the influence of ritual and religion, highlighting both their potency and, occasionally, their absurdity. Spirit Cooking isn’t a ritual meant to conjure spirits or worship devils—it’s a comment on humanity’s reliance on ritual to organize and legitimize our lives and contain our bodies.

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There’s more upper crust shenanigans Abramovic has been  mixed up in, like the entirely-not-Satanic-at-all mock cannibalism soiree at the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art in 2011. Punk icon Debbie Harry assisted in butchering a life-size cake replica of herself to serve the A List guests.

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Doubts about Abramovic’s infernal intentions have cost her. She has stated despite her denials of serving Lucifer, she fears some nut will do her harm. She even lost a gig with another super-rich creepo, Bill Gates. Microsoft had to pull an ad for her “mixed reality” holographic projection due to her controversial reputation. What a loss. Who wouldn’t want to strap secretive technology onto your head to summon a sinister crone into your presence? It’s like a variation of the plot of Halloween III.

I would never presume to judge the state of someone’s soul. The nature of Abramovic’s beliefs are between her and the Lord. I too am familiar with the often dark places the pursuit of art can lead. It’s something of an occupational hazard for creatives.

However, I can speak plainly on Postmodernism, the destructive deconstructive philosophy had enables cultural institutional support for absurdities and abuses like Abramovic’s body of work. In my 2018 book, Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization, I wrote of the revolting relativism which drives the Postmodern ideology:

Where the Modern age formed a mandate to question everything, the Postmodern age demanded we accept anything. At least that’s what the rhetoric advertises. Like most Postmodern assertions, the claims of impartiality do not stand up to scrutiny; it’s just more camouflage for self-serving attitudes.

The expansion of Western civilization had been nurtured by belief in objective standards, which originated from an underlying order. Whether this order was divine or merely natural was debated, but the acceptance of universal laws was pretty universal. Objectivity meant comprehending reality, which existed beyond our personal preferences. We held these truths to be self-evident.

Postmodernists understand such objective standards are an obstacle to their desire for unaccountable power. Where Modernist skepticism was believed to be a tool to gain deeper understanding, Postmodernists project the notion that all the questioning and differing conclusions means there are no underlying truths.

To the Postmodernist, the cosmos is subjective. There is no reality to know, no morality, no way to gauge effective behavior; there are only opinions. These opinions aren’t even our own, but are determined by whichever group identity we subscribe to. We have no individual responsibility. It’s impossible to judge the quality of anything.

To the Postmodernist, because feelings exist, there can be no such thing as facts.

For people who claim it’s impossible to judge anything, Postmodernists are very judgmental. No culture is better than another, they propose, unless it’s the traditions and accomplishments of Western civilization. The West, which has given rise to the most prosperous and liberated societies in world history, is automatically bad, and needs to be destroyed.

Here the mask comes off. It’s those same old Cultural Marxists at work, lusting after the social control the freedoms of the West denies them.

Postmodernism is a ridiculous conceit. It cannot make anything new, it only creates pale imitations of the achievements of the past. It could only be embraced by pampered people who’ve never really experienced the uncompromising roughness of life. And even then, while advancing this phony philosophy, the Postmodernists have to overlook the glaring hypocrisy of their own behavior versus their words. They are seething with cognitive dissonance.

I have no problem in saying Postmodernism is evil. It’s whole purpose is to switch off the Enlightenment, so the New Aristocracy of the Well Connected can rule over a new dark age. Fortunately, the new force of Remodernism is rising as the spirit of the reconstruction we greatly need.

As far as Marina Abramovic goes, I’ll be praying for her-and for us all, as we endure the chaotic death throes of Postmodernism.

Marina Abramovic

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