Art Criticism (after wandering in the wilderness I have returned)

Many of you may recognize me from last year, where I had been posting my election projections for the Presidential race. A few weeks before the election, I dropped off the face of the earth, admittedly because I had a strong inkling the race had dropped itself right at Obamas feet (and, damn Nate Silver, he was pretty close this time). In the 2009 interim, I plan to post on my blog and here a series of brief essays on art. Yes, that beloved thing that for many of my fellow conservatives connotates images of dung-smeared Virgins and Piss Christs. However, I am going to make the case repeatedly that even in the most seemingly anti-conservative works, there are elements of art that are vehemently libertarian/conservative in their nature. Most good art can be interpreted in a variety of ways. We have the Marxist interpretation, the feminist interpretation, so why not the libertarian/conservative view? Art is a tool by which societies invoke their fears, hopes, and displeasures. For years it has been a great outlet for political dissent. For the last eight years, it has been overwhelmingly anti-Bush. What now with The One? Where are the libertarians and the conservatives hounding him down? Where are the visual protests against the California budget snafu? Sure, we do have jobs. But we have free time.

In addition to my essays on various works of art, I encourage fellow artists to email me @ [email protected] with their works. If you like I’ll be happy to offer a critique (a warning- I am a bit brutal sometimes, but hey thats to seperate the good from the stuff more commonly seen smeared crudely on a canvas).

Some of you will love to argue about some of the works I will be discussing ([Piss Christ will be one of the first), so I have a feeling these posts will generate some good discussion.

So I look forward to the yelling in the months ahead.

The first work I will review is the demolished “Tilted Arc” by Richard Serra. a controversal 120 foot long steel strip that temporarily carved the Federal Plaza in NYC in half from 1981 until its destruction in 1989.