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Personally, I would view this current crop of artistic ferment as nascently moldy. The distinct, and extreme majority of what is being produced under the label of art is common, cheap, and throughly insistent upon itself. In fact, it's redundant--drawing from barely dry movements like Dada, Fluxus, Surrealism, etc. and then trying to manipulate the sensibilities, ever like their greasy hair, into ugly props appropriate only for a Soho thrift store.

Some may have viewed the late Roman or Gothic periods as a decline but seemingly we are living in an area of aesthetic defunct.

However, I can manage respect for Andy Warhol as his earlier work was really rather innovative, and presented an overall aesthetic prototype, which sort of relayed his zeitgeist (appropriate word for this thread!) well.

Again, not really my thing, but I'll give you that.

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Yet the recent documentary of him is utterly tacky, making vague films like Haircut seem the most transcendent piece of work ever made.

I haven't seen it, and I doubt I ever will. However, do I smell a John-Waters-style-that-takes-itself-seriously creeping into this project?
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Again, not really my thing, but I'll give you that. I haven't seen it, and I doubt I ever will. However, do I smell a John-Waters-style-that-takes-itself-seriously creeping into this project?
It's apparently by Ric Burns, and it's rather grating. They block out women's breasts, and then entirely leave out the Studio 54 years, and make slight mention of the homosexual impulses; in fact, the most obscene thing they probably mentioned was the presence, and subsequent suicide of Edie Sedgwick who as far as eccentrics go, was not particularly flamboyant. I don't whether PBS goes under the hawkeyes of the FCC but certainly, you can see the documentary pandering to conservative tastes who probably have a Marilyn print in the den they bought at the MOMA on summer vacation in New York.
post #48 of 52
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
It's apparently by Ric Burns, and it's rather grating. They block out women's breasts, and then entirely leave out the Studio 54 years,

Huh...left out the good stuff, did they?

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and make slight mention of the homosexual impulses

Ummm....WHAT? I didn't know he had merely impulses.

We're ridiculous, aren't we?
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Huh...left out the good stuff, did they?



Ummm....WHAT? I didn't know he had merely impulses.

We're ridiculous, aren't we?
They always leave out the good stuff. They don't want the kids to see it, abstinence and all.

Impulses like Oscar Wilde posing Somdomite (sic).
post #50 of 52
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
It's apparently by Ric Burns, and it's rather grating. They block out women's breasts, and then entirely leave out the Studio 54 years, and make slight mention of the homosexual impulses; in fact, the most obscene thing they probably mentioned was the presence, and subsequent suicide of Edie Sedgwick who as far as eccentrics go, was not particularly flamboyant.
The Sedgwicks are a collateral branch of the family. A dubious distinction if ever there was one. The Puritanical impulse to make everything antiseptic is its own perverse form of aestheticism. Surely if anybody can appreciate this it's Americans.
post #51 of 52
Bump, with an interesting Warhol video
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Interessant. Dieser ganze Diskussionsstrang ist ebenso sch├â┬Ângeistig, wie es Graf Kessler vermutlich war.

Does anybody have more of his interior decoration skills? I love the simple lines of Jugenstil/Secession combinated with floral elements, especially in architecture. Today I passed by some impressive art nouveau facades in Vienna.
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