Lion of the Blogosphere

Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Racist American Museum of Natural History, part 5

with 42 comments

In the Hall of African Peoples. Here is what the block of text, to the left of the helmet and chainmail, reads:

JIHAD – THE HOLY WAR

When Islam swept across North Africa in the 7th century, jihad was considered a sacred duty. It was religious fervor that helped push the holy wars not only up into Europe but right down the West African coast. North Africa long remained a religious battleground; relics of the Crusades, still found, testify to the threat posed to Europe in the Middle Ages. After the initial religious zeal subsided, though, the basis of Islamic expansion changed from war to trade. Traders still proselytized, but the new African Muslim converts retained many traditional customs and beliefs and, for instance, did not relegate women to the inferior status accorded to them by some orthodox Muslims. The ultimate power of Islam still lies in its adaptability, the lack of internal schism, and in the sense of superiority it instills in its converts.

Can you believe that?

1. It says that Islam spread in the 7th century through holy war. I thought Islam was a religion of peace?

2. It says that the Crusades happened because of “the threat posed to Europe in the Middle Ages” by Islam. So the Crusdes were a justified response to an Islamic threat, and not just blind religious hatred on the part of Christians?

Racist! Racist! Racist!

* * *

Commentary: The paragraph wouldn’t have been written that way today, but I think this room dates back to the 1960s, and no one changed any of the exhibits in 50 years. To the Museum’s credit, every change they make is obviously very carefully considered and not done willy-nilly.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Posted in Art

Racist American Museum of Natural History, part 4

with 51 comments

In the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians.

First of all, the name of the hall is racist, it’s Native Americans, not Indians!

However, it’s racist that this hall exists at all. Why are statues from ancient Greece and ancient Rome at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while statues created by Native Americans are housed here, next to animal dioramas? This is an example of the racist disregard for the art or non-Western cultures.

Furthermore, how were these artifacts obtained? At best, the museum ripped off the Native Americans by purchasing them for far below their fair value, and at worst they were stolen by white men. Some of these artifacts are sacred to their religion and it’s sacrilege to display them as curiosities of a “primitive” culture. Everything in this hall should be returned to the Native American tribes to which they morally belong.

* * *

I hardly made anything up, most of this was on the website of the SJWs who had a protest against the Teddy Roosevelt statue.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm

Posted in Art

Racist American Museum of Natural History, part 3

with 44 comments

These cute animal dioramas hide a macabre secret: those were once living animals who were murdered by racist white men. These dioramas are barbaric, and they glorify the hunting of endangered species.

They must be taken down at once. And reparations must be paid to the countries from which these beautiful creatures of nature were killed and stolen.

* * *

I recommend visiting these dioramas while they still exist. No more will ever be made, and who can say how long these will remain on display? The SJWs could go after these dioramas after they succeed in getting Teddy Roosevelt removed.

The Halls of African Mammals and North American Mammals have both been restored during the last ten years, do they don’t look old and decrepit like most of the museum.

* * *

It’s important to place these dioramas into a historical technological context. In 1936, when the Hall of African Mammals opened, color photography was in its infancy, and zoos weren’t as advanced as they are today. These dioramas were the only way for people to see what these animals looked like in their natural environment. The backgrounds are hand-painted oil paintings, because, as stated above, color photography wasn’t up to the task back then. But they represent the real environment, the artists actually went to Africa. A lot of effort and a lot of TLC went into each diorama.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm

Posted in Art

Racist American Museum of Natural History, part 2

The Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda is the first thing you see if you walk up the big steps through the main entrance (past the security guard checking your bag who was never there before 2001).

This big room is like a huge love-fest for the racist white-supremacist Teddy Roosevelt. The only way to cleanse it is to take down all of the Teddy Roosevelt quotations and murals, and rename it the Barrack Obama Rotunda.

* * *

The white-supremacists would be much better off carrying around pictures of Teddy Roosevelt than Adolf Hitler. Teddy is still loved, by many, as a great American president. Although I suppose that would quickly change if white supremacists adopted him as their mascot. But still better to have a former U.S. president as a mascot than a totalitarian ruler of Germany who started World War II and killed millions of Jews.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 20, 2017 at 11:09 am

Posted in Art, Photography

Racist American Museum of Natural History

In front of the American Museum of Natural History is the Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt. From this angle, we can see the half-naked black guy wearing primitive African garb standing to Teddy Roosevelt’s left. The black guy is there to show Teddy Roosevelt’s noble-minded but racist humanitarianism to what he considered to be inferior races.

I took some pictures to preserve the memory of this great work of art which will surely be the first statue in New York City to be taken down in this current mania of statue removal.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 19, 2017 at 8:20 pm

Posted in Art

A Pauper, a Prince, the Pope and Death

I photographed this 500-year-old roundel at The Cloisters. The meaning seems pretty obvious to me. No matter what station you achieve in life, at the end you still die.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm

Posted in Art

Nude George Washington in the NY Times

Some people say that there’s nothing in the NY Times worth reading, but the article about a nude statue of George Washington demonstrates that there’s a lot of good stuff in there.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

Posted in Art

Lamy Studio, a Bauhaus fountain pen

Lamy_studio_065_Fountain_pen_steel_brushed_eng

My Lamy Studio fountain pen sucked when I first bought it because it came with a lousy nib. After buying my second replacement nib (fine), I finally got it to work like it’s supposed to. Fountain pens are great when you have a good one, but QC and consistency on the nibs is very spotty. Even for much more expensive pens than a Lamy Studio.

The Lamy Studio is an interesting pen. On the one hand it’s sort of ugly, but it has an impressive German precision about it that makes you admire it (except for the inconsistent nibs). When I first got the pen, I spent a lot of time just looking at it and holding it trying to figure out the mystery of why it’s considered a “Bauhaus” design. I suppose the thing about Bauhaus is that it’s like Justice Stewart’s famous explanation of pornography, that you know it when you see it. Except that I’m not even sure that I know it when I see it. The only way to be sure that you have something with a Bauhaus design is to verify that the guy who designed it, in this case Hannes Wettstein, is known as a Bauhaus designer.

The tenets of Bauhaus are that (1) there should be no superfluous adornment or decoration; and (2) form follows function.

Indeed, the Studio has hardly any decorative design elements. What’s missing here that’s on just about every other pen is some kind of ring around either the end of the cap, or where the body meets the “section” (the area where you hold the pen). This ring is not really superfluous at all, because it’s a lot more difficult to manufacture a pen where the cap, when capped on the pen, is perfectly flush with the body, and that’s the case with the Lamy Studio (although you can’t see that in the photo above where the cap is posted on the top of the pen).

The unusual shaped clip, however, violates the rule of form follow function, because it works a lot less well for holding the pen in a shirt pocket than the clips found on even cheap $2 pens, and it also scratches the surface of the cap where it meets (which has bothered some people on internet pen forums although you don’t notice the scratch except on a very close inspection). Because this allegedly Bauhaus clip is actually less functional than the standard bourgeoisie clip on every other pen, this makes me wonder whether Bauhaus is just a big crock of b**s***.

In this official White House photo, Barrack Obama can be seen using a black Lamy Studio, perhaps confirming the viewpoint that Bauhaus designs are mostly preferred by people from the political left. However, Obama is using the ballpoint or rollerball version of the Studio because Obama does not write with fountain pens. He doesn’t even use fountain pens to sign or veto important laws.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Posted in Art

No longer the model minority?

Asian girls get into catfight at famous modern art show in Miami. One Asian girl stabs the other with an X-Acto knife. Other patrons think its performance art and don’t realize it’s an actual incident of violent crime.

Can’t make this stuff up.

* * *

Good thing this was just a knife fight and no one brought a gun.

* * *

Incidentally, this reminds me of Tom Wolfe’s latest novel Back to Blood. I am really negligent in not reviewing it.

* * *

Darn, tomorrow’s the last day of the art show. I missed it this year.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 5, 2015 at 11:38 pm

Posted in Art, Books, Crime

Prole art

A commenter wrote (about my landscape painting):

What a prole choice of subject.

A bobo would paint abstract. Or better yet, just leave the canvas blank. It’s called postmodernism.

There are many commenters who seem to live for the opportunity to insult me. Unfortunately, in this case, the comment is not completely without truth. For more than a hundred years, paintings that are pretty and look like a scene from real life have been out of favor with the intellectual elites, and that has spilled over to all other elites sometime during the twentieth century.

The theory behind elite tastes in art is that any art that a regular everyday person, not educated in elite art appreciation, would like to look at is not considered to be worthy art. The elite art movement started out as a Marxist anti-bourgeoisie movement, although today it’s the bourgeoisie themselves who are spending huge amounts of money to buy art that the regular everyday person would consider to be crap. (Another example of how the different types of elites have joined together into a broad elite class.)

So why bother to paint landscapes if they will never be appreciated by the elites of the art world?

Perhaps the reason is that I see through the elite art scam and maybe I don’t want participate in it. Or perhaps I just see more opportunity in more traditional art. Contemporary abstract art is generally worthless junk unless it is somehow discovered by someone powerful enough in the art world to promote it. The vast majority of artists trying to make it in that world just have a lot of paintings or other works of “art” that are really nothing but worthless crap that people wouldn’t want to hang on their walls even if it was given away for free.

On the other hand, well-executed representational art has greater intrinsic value because there are so few artists in the developed world who can actually do it well. How to paint in a representational manner is no longer taught at art schools. And despite the propaganda from intellectual elites, there are still many rich people who want paintings in their homes that they actually like to look at, and thus you will always find galleries that sell this type of art, although such galleries aren’t found in Chelsea. However, one will never become a multi-centimillionaire like Damien Hirst from doing landscape paintings. Thomas Kinkade, the most economically successful representational artist of our time (and much hated by the elites because his paintings were very much on the prole end of landscape art), was only worth $66 million when he died, which is a much lower net worth than the wealthiest abstract artists favored by the elites.

In my defense, the style of painting that I am trying to develop, plein-air-style landscapes, is the least prole form of representational art.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 1, 2015 at 11:35 am

Posted in Art, Proles

%d bloggers like this: