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Great works of art (and Shepard Fairey) reimagined with cats. I’d vote for this cat over Obama any day.
My review of the art-world documentary “The Art of the Steal” is up.
Vogue editrix Anna Wintour evidently consented to have a documentary filmed around her to counteract the frightening image of her in “The Devil Wears Prada.” R.J. Cutler’s doc “The September Issue” opens this weekend. My review is up.
Wow, the Obama administration is really getting desperate. They actually think getting NEA-funded artists to shill for their health care and energy bills is going to make them more, not less, mainstream. Let’s wait and see how loudly and angrily the artists proclaim that they must be left independent of all politicking as they cash [...]
So say gay Brit artists Gilbert and George, who point out that socialists want everyone to be the same but “we want to be different.”
George always votes Conservative and claims never to have been anti-establishment. “You’re not allowed to be Conservative in the art world, of course,” he says. “Left equals good. Art equals Left. [...]
Who says every cool domain name is taken? Check out badpaintingsofBarackObama.com. Hit refresh to see the next bad painting.
Today in the Wall Street Journal I write about Donald Barthelme, the subject of the admiring (and engrossing) new literary biography “Hiding Man” by Tracy Daugherty. Barthelme was a highly inventive writer, and some of his famous stories exhibit a marvelous sense of weird. Barthelme inspired many imitators. (The definitive collection is his “Sixty Stories.”) [...]
A strange New York Times obit on Andrew Wyeth is mostly concerned not with Wyeth, but with the allegedly vital critics who didn’t like him. Are critics really more important that artists? That’s a bit like saying barnacles are more important that the ship. Art critics in particular are of little interest since ordinary [...]
When painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo worked in references to Kabbalah, paganism and his own sexuality (gay). He also included characters who are giving the finger to Pope Julius II….if you look closely you can also see the words, “I bury Paul.” Or is it So Dark the Con of Man?
In my Sunday column I talk to Michael Ramirez, a guy whose incendiary cartoons have gotten him sweated by the Secret Service and targeted with death threats.« Previous Entries