Tag Archives: Jeff Koons

art for the sake of creative destruction

Consciousness of the all-mighty dollar is pretty pervasive, even overwhelming. In the modern art world it informs aesthetic and spiritual content like everything else in society, conquering art such that art itself is a pure commodity, a sub-species of money … Continue reading

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the burden

by Art Chantry: chris burden embodies everything¬† i love and hate about the fine art world. his work is sensational and violent and ‘destructo ‘- total BOY stuff. i love it to death. but, it’s also completely and utterly shallow … Continue reading

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the myth is not invulnerable

Aesthetics and economics. As with the farmer, so it generally went with the small businessperson: dealer, salesman, contractor,and small merchant. Their income may be considered handsome when compared to past standards, but they are, collectively, a group that has to … Continue reading

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deep philosophy or conceptual quip?

The greatest philosopher in modern art? Or did the art world make him, artificially construct him into a “readymade” himself, the philosopher who would trash tradition and under the pretext of modernism and the new, engage in the kind of … Continue reading

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doing battle with the muse: not a-mused

Is it intrinsic to modern art in general, a kind of withdrawal into a space, a locus of narcissistic preoccupation and obligation? A space where fear of the object leads to mistreatment of it. The aggressive and destructive impulses, which … Continue reading

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flight into egypt

When a revolution is not a revolution.The Egyptian debt market is stabilizing, the stock market is on the upswing and the army is making ure that the climate is good for trade. The entire initial cause of the revolution, the … Continue reading

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those special shades

by Art Chantry last night i again watched one of of my favorite director’s (john carpenter) best movies – THEY LIVE! when it was first released in 1988, it was reviewed as the first “anti-yuppie” movie of the reagan era. … Continue reading

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won’t get fooled again

…Pete Townshend says The Who will rock the Super Bowl halftime show with a medley of hits including Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Reilly, Who Are You and Won’t Get Fooled Again…. …The standard stuff. The stuff a band should play in … Continue reading

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advertising is pop culture

Are we all part of the Society of the Spectacle, embedded and enmeshed in a vague relationship with internal and external reality all mediated by images, a series of disruptions with no coherent pattern giving us the impression of being … Continue reading

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the decorators: artistic purity?

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) yesterday i wrote an essay about the shep fairey thing. as ususal, there were opinions tossed around all over the place. that subject is ripe for opinions – all of them lame except my own … Continue reading

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