Via Youtube: Justin, The Horse That Could Paint


Justin’s paintings can go for as much as $2,500.  He has his own website, too.  I don’t begrudge him his fame.

What’s the saturation point for modern art, anyways?

Here’s the first in Australian art historian and thinker Robert Hughes’ eight-part “Shock Of The New” series, which presents a modern art historian’s sweep of 20th century political and intellectual history and how images, ideas, art, and artists themselves are woven throughout.  Maybe no one knows for sure where modern art’s headed, but it helps to look at the past:


There is a “tilt” to the culture, and when we focus on preserving and celebrating certain aspects of it, like language, art, and food as most important to pass on, we necessarily exclude other things.  America is still being colonized to some extent, and I personally believe it’s vital to retain an expanding economy in such a melting pot.  For some, culture means simply being more ‘civilized’ like Europe, yet it’s important to note that right now we’re in a situation where art can often equal money.

Related On This Site:  Denis Dutton suggested art could head towards Darwin (and may offer new direction from the troubles of the modern art aimlessness and shallow depth…the money and the fame) Review of Denis Dutton’s ‘The Art Instinct’

Denver’s Devil Horse may be flirting with kitsch: From The Wall Street Journal: Denver’s Mustang Or ‘Devil Horse’…and I like his work:…Joan Miro: Woman

Update On LACMA, Michael Heizer And The ‘Levitated Mass’-Modern Art And The Public

What are these people doing with art?:  Often combining them with a Left-of-Center political philosophy as they are at NPR for popular consumption.  On this site, see: From ReasonTV Via Youtube: ‘Ken Burns on PBS Funding, Being a “Yellow-Dog Democrat,” & Missing Walter Cronkite’Repost-From NPR: Grants To The NEA To Stimulate The Economy?

Out of the Valley of modernism, post-modernism, and relativism…one path from Nietzsche’s nihilism is through Leo Strauss and Allan Bloom: Update And Repost: ‘A Few Thoughts On Allan Bloom–The Nietzsche / Strauss Connection’

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From Reuters: ‘Israel Fires Warning Shots At Syria Over Golan Shelling’

Full post here.

‘An Israeli security source said the military fired in the direction of a Syrian army mortar crew that had launched a shell which overshot the Golan disengagement fence on Sunday, exploding near a Jewish settlement without causing casualties.’

A long protracted, civil war was feared, enflaming sectarian lines and drawing in regional powers.   We’ve probably had special ops on the ground and there are probably a few other things going on, and lots of aid groups and just across the border in Jordan.   This is to say nothing of what Iran, Hizbollah, Lebanon, Turkey, and others have going on in Syria.

Al Jazeera live blog on Syria.

What’s going on with Petraeus?  It seems a little odd that the FBI is doing a full investigation on the head of the CIA.

Related On This SiteVia Youtube-Uncommon Knowledge With Fouad Ajami And Charles Hill

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