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Runaway Rant: The Trump NFTs are Par for the Course
After a long yawn, I can sum up my reaction to the launch of the cards, the artwork, the content, and the fact that they sold out in a day with one word: Derp!Read More
New Video: Insisting Artists Work In One Style Limits Their Creativity
My new video argues against the demand that artists work in a single signature style for most or all of their careers. Jam-packed with hi-rez art, including 25 of my pieces in 25 styles.Read More
Insisting Artists Work In One Style Limits Their Creativity
This pressure to stick to one avenue of expression, and the exclusion of stylistic innovation, serves to choke artists’ creativity, and contextualizes them as craftspersons making pretty baubles for the marketplace.Read More
Big Eyes: The Film, The Artist, The Legacy
Through whatever alchemy, Margaret Keane turned her personal tragedy into painterly kitsch that managed to transcend itself.Read More
Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art
This is a re-blog of one of my most popular posts, which I am doing largely because people have notified me that they have difficulty finding it on my blog, though somehow they’re become aware of it. My views haven’t changed substantially since I wrote this, not because I haven’t changed, but because my views…Read More
Dismantling the Dominant Art Narrative
I take apart the institutional story of art which I was also indoctrinated into through graduate art school, and offer a more broad, human, complex, and even progressive alternative. This article will help you see through the BS that permeates much of contemporary art theory, and which is used to devalue imaginative visual art and to undermine the great art of the past.Read More
Runaway Rant: F AI Art!
A hyperbolic rant against AI art.Read More
Skynet is Coming for Digital Artists!
New AI poses an imminent existential threat to artists, especially if it has direct access to their art.Read More
Is Banning Artists Because of Their Nationality Cruel and Inhumane?
Recently, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there has a been a very positive movement in the crypto and NFT community to support Ukrainian artists. Why not give a little extra help to creators who are under increased to extreme duress? And after the war started, I discovered that a lot of the NFT artists…Read More
Better Call Saltz (or not)
The cringe-worthy legacy of celebrity, cheese-filling art critic, Jerry Saltz. I marvel at the fact that for some reason, mysterious to me, people take Jerry Saltz, art critic of New York magazine, seriously. The best I can come up with is that among the most famous living art critics, his name is easier to spell…Read More
Runaway Rant: Sorry, but it’s not art.
The crumpled paper above is not art, even if it was put on a pedestal, and under glass, and exhibited in a museum. And that’s OK. You can handle it. In the case of Martin Creed’s crumpled paper, it’s not art, it’s bullshit. However, there can be all manner of endeavors that are skilled, intelligent,…Read More
Texture Versus Information in the Visual Arts
This is an important distinction, and the art world has placed so much more value on information than texture over the last century that texture has been banished to the periphery when discussing art. I recently watched a video about Kara Walker’s monument, Fons Americanus, and while the narrator analyzed how it quotes and challenges…Read More
New Video: ‘The Fall of the Damned”, by Dirk Bouts (1470): a Masterful Conjuring of Hell
A hi-rez, in-depth dive into one of the most gruesome and virtuoso paintings of hell by an old master painter. BEWARE: Extreme Details! Halloween 2021 appropriate. Dirk Bouts painted “The Fall of the Damned” in 1470, 20 years before Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”. This is a spectacular, underrated, and obscure painting that deserves to be appreciated as a masterpiece of the late Middle Ages and the Northern Renaissance, and of all time. I discovered this painting on my own, and took it upon myself to share it with you. There is no other YouTube video about this painting, and no other video period. I trust my own eyes.
The video also explores paintings of Hell by Hieronymus Bosch, Hans Memling, and Rogier van der Weyden.Read More
‘The Fall of the Damned’, by Dirk Bouts (1470): a Masterful Conjuring of Hell
Dirk Bouts’ painting “Fall of the Damned” is a masterful conjuring of hell. Post contains extreme details.Read More
New Video: All Art is Political! NOT
This is the second video in my Abominable Ideas in Art series, and based on a group of articles I wrote a few years ago. Here I tackled the ubiquitous and self-righteous notion that all art is political. People assume this is a progressive idea, but because it places art (all art and art history]…Read More
New Video: Making Money is Art?!
Over the last week or so YouTube’s algorithm, or perhaps whomever manipulates it, eased off the stranglehold on my videos. New comments and subscribers started to trickle in after weeks of silence. And so, I thought, perhaps it wasn’t a waste of time after all. I also noticed that people have watched over 3,000 hours…Read More
“The Fraud of Contemporary Art”: Dangerous Art Criticism by Avelina Lesper
You’re forgiven if you never heard of her. I never had either until an artist colleague emailed me an excerpt from her book, The Fraud of Contemporary Art. Almost everything by her and about her is in Spanish because she’s a Mexican art critic. Her biggest claim to fame is accidentally destroying a work of…Read More
I made a trailer/Preview
New trailer for my feature length Salvator Mundi documentaryRead More
Final Salvator Mundi Digital Restoration & Resurrection
My restoration and recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. Also, my 2.5 hour documentary video analyzing the physical painting, restoration ,and what went horribly awry.Read More
New Video: What Did The Salvator Mundi Really Look Like?
It’s finally here, after months of work. It’s coming in at 2 hours and 24 minutes, which I would not have even thought was possible in the beginning. You’d think that means I just ramble on endlessly, but it’s highly scripted for most of it, and tightly edited. It follows a very logical progression, covering…Read More
Anti-digital imaging & censorship on reddit
In which reddit moderators that censored and banned me claim that digital imaging is inherently racist.Read More
Star Trek Mundi
Followers of my blog may wonder what the hell happened to me. Well, I’ve been working hard on this feature-length art documentary, including, among many other things, my own recreation of the Salvator Mundi. I decided to share with you some custom graphics I made on the fly. Anyone who grew up watching Star Trek…Read More
What did the Salvator Mundi really look like?
My digital restoration of the Salvator Mundi makes a visual argument as to why the physical restoration is not representative of Leonardo’s hand.Read More
Radical New Derivative Redundancy
A picture can be worth a thousand words, and save me the time of typing them up. The first image is from Wikiart’s section on Francois Morellet, below. And the second image is from Damien Hirst’s own site: Borrowing ideas wholesale is radical!Read More
Why Art Theory and the Dominant Narrative are Wrong
The truth, I like to say, is moderately simple, but lies must be elaborate. If you don’t agree with the conclusions of obtuse art theory, than, frankly, you are presumed intellectually and possibly morally inferior. Insults will flock towards you like mosquitoes when your evening walk meanders too close to the swamp. Obviously you know…Read More
My new video explains why so much contemporary art sucks
The video focuses on the fact that the big name art stars make art, not for their artists peers, or even for themselves, but rather for the billionaire buyers who they think are suckers waiting to be fleeced. This art, further, is coming out of the Duchampian, anti-art, appropriationist tradition, which incidentally allows artists to churn out bigger and slicker products, faster, and get them into the marketplace for the purposes of speculation and moving money. Quite naturally, art made to sell fast to suckers with millions in disposable income doesn’t appeal to artists and connoisseurs who love art for its inherent qualities.Read More
Why big name artists don’t make art for other artists, or themselves
Artists are among the least satisfied by what the blue-chip art world is churning out, and there’s a simple reason why. I’ve known for decades that thousands of dot paintings, for example, couldn’t hold an artist’s attention; and if you’d seen one, you’d seen them all. There’s the old notion of being an artist’s artist,…Read More