Time to Terminate the Sydney Biennale

May 1, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, AUSTRALIANIA, Ulalume | 1 Comment |


45 years, 70 artists, 35 countries, 7 locations…and virtually Nothing worth having Fido cock his leg on.

At the risk of being “cute,” we’ll quote ourselves:

Modern Art is, in the main, pure fraud. It operates on ruthless market principles, clothed in doubletalk and gobbledegook. It has abandoned aesthetics and no longer seeks, were it even able, to be evocative. We call it the *Post-Eternal Phase, because its representative works leave the mind as soon as the audience turns away and its work is complete as soon as the cheque is cashed.

It is perfectly credible for Banksy to state that Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable, but it should ideally also try not to be total garbage.

The Biennale has become an embarrassment to Sydney, a shabby, wan, flatulent and lustreless horde of agitprop and random rubbish.  If you need convincing that it is time to Call Time on the Sydney Biennale, here you are:




1 Comment

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    John Lynch

    April 18, 2019

    The author loses his credibility in the first sentence. Modern Art is a period of art from the 20th century. He refers to contemporary art which has always irritated the art establishment since the first Impressionist exhibition. There is good and bad art out there. Curators are to blame, not the artists. They select artists not artworks that have the acceptable profile for their narrow parameters.

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