Friday, April 21, 2006
The humanities are ruined, and the universities full of crooks. Art in America is neglected, coddled, and buried under chatter. The right looks down on artists; the left looks down on everyone. Our man in Boston has an electrifying conversation with Camille Paglia.
Art in America is also buried under our bed. It may be true that the "right" looks down on artists, but they are major art collectors of Thomas Kinkade. The "left" doesn't seem to collect art except in (YAWN) government galleries. The photos in this post are just a few stored art works Stagg and I have done in the past two weeks.
The above link is a really long interview but it has so much in it about working class, philosophy, passion, and wisdom. Paglia is one of the few intellectuals who is free-thinking and not working for corporations selling cars, like one of her peers. Paglia wants to sell art and poetry: spiritual stuff.
CP: Look, money, what money? What money do you need? The point is I am saying the selection of material at the primary school level needs to be far upgraded. People say, “Ooh we have an art program.” I say, “What do you mean by art program?” Even if it’s available—now in many places it’s not available—they mean sending kids into a room with paints and pencils. That’s not my idea of an art program. My idea is to expose them to art history. At an early age. So they have something in their minds, images that counterbalance the images that are coming at them from ads and special effects. The special effects have gotten out of control—computerized special effects. Now you have movies that are nothing but special effects, overwhelming sound, which is a great sensation, but character acting and script development, social realism—these things are actually declining. So I am very concerned about the cultural future of the United States in this kind of environment. Most people who are secular humanists having the idea that they are doing fine. We are doing fine and our only enemy is the Bible-based far right. The reason why the real threat is the far right is that they have the Bible. And the Bible is a masterpiece. The Bible is one of the greatest works produced in the world. The people who all they have is the Bible actually are set up for life. Not only do they have a spiritual vision given to them but artistic fulfillment. They don’t even recognize just the pleasure of dealing with this epic poetry and drama. Everything is in the Bible. What does the left have? The left has a lot of attitude.
If art is buried with what did we pay for the funeral? Resurrection anybody?