“For Doodles, try Cy Twombly”

July 20, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART |

$46m for this red doodle – Thus Roger Scruton, though we didn’t think much of the Da Vinci that also set a new record either… For examples of the ever-raging debate… Paul Joseph Watson: 2. ShamyDefuma

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A Further Sign of Decline

July 11, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, AUSTRALIANIA |

The downfall is not limited to the pale people of the West. It has infected aboriginal art as well… Here is a piece by Enos Namatjira: Compare it to this: Perhaps we’ve done our dash and now the cycle spirals ever downward?

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The Worst Sculptor in the World

June 4, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, CRIME, Ulalume |

We celebrate Robert Jacobsen (4 June 1912 – 26 January 1993), Danish creator in the realm of the plastic arts. Robert inhabited the artistic niche of great sculptors such as Alexandros of Antioch and the ancient Greek masters, and moderns such as Auguste Rodin. Jacobsen’s claim to fame is as the Worst Sculptor in the World.  A modernist (naturally) who enthusiastically embraced the avant-garde through the toxic COBRA movement of northern Europe, working with welder, mask and subsidized iron, he and his ilk dispensed with hard work and consideration of structure, theme and aesthetics, preferring to hide their laziness and…

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More Gems

May 24, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Ulalume |

Further samples of Art’s decline…or, “Political and social activism as a mediating tool in a cultural context…”    

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Dollars for Dali

May 16, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, Ulalume |

The Varnished Culture’s offices have its share of Dalí fans, certainly.  Yet we doubt that Trilogy of the desert: Mirage (1946) is one of his best pieces.  Still, Dalí is Dalí. In the wake of the artist’s 114th birthday on 11 May, the NGV has launched a crowd-funding campaign to acquire the piece, which might be a first for a major Australian gallery (we suppose that the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, has, like all socialists, finally run out of other peoples’ money).  Here’s their pitch: “The National Gallery of Victoria has an extraordinary opportunity to become the first public collection in Australia…

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