I am Not an Anarchist – Rant

banksy throwing flowers

Since starting up Art News Blog again I have been called an anarchist, irreverent, a misogynist, an ass, various obscenities, and probably a few other names that I just cant recall right now. I used to keep a folder of hate email that I received from all kinds of colorful people but I ended up deleting it as I thought the energy of keeping the emails was attracting more of it.. or it was encouraging me to write more offensive things so I could continue to add to my collection lol. But to be honest, I don’t know where all the hostility comes from! I could be kidding myself, but I thought I was a reasonably nice guy.. admittedly with a low tolerance for bullshit, but generally kind and considerate. Continue Reading

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Ceiling Tour Online

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Since I don’t use my passport much anymore, I’m happy to see so much great art being put online. The great museums and art collections of the world should have been online 10 years ago, but it’s better late than never. The Vatican has made themselves useful and decided to share Michelangelo’s great masterpiece with the world online. Their Sistine Chapel ceiling virtual tour makes you feel a little drunk when you first start moving the mouse around but you’ll quickly get used to it. I have never seen the Sistine Chapel in real life but looking at it online makes me think it would be a little underwhelming as the ceiling is so high. Is that the case? Or is it like some of the great mosques that I have seen in Turkey where the ceilings are high but the experience is still mind blowing? Continue Reading

Religion and Art

I was talking to a friend about political art, telling her that I thought they shouldn’t mix. Then without thinking too much about it, I said religion and art shouldn’t mix either. But before she replied, I corrected myself and said I don’t know what I’m talking about. Religion has inspired some of the most wonderful art ever created. Imagine an art history without religion. Maybe we need more religion in art today.. more offerings to God.. more inspiration from the divine.Continue Reading

Duchamp’s Fountain Attack

The Village Voice has an interesting article up about lunatics that enjoy destroying important art. It talks about how it has been going on for a long time, with religious fanatics believing that God doesn’t like art, especially art that’s good enough to worship.Continue Reading