Comments on: Europe goes mad over art http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/16/europe-goes-mad-over-art/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: voblenmoblen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/16/europe-goes-mad-over-art/comment-page-1/#comment-22082 Sun, 19 Dec 2010 02:51:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6601#comment-22082 Following the train of thought in my other comment, it seems to me that it does not require too much of a stretch of the imagination to see ( for eg ) Operation Barbarossa ( the German Invasion of the USSR in 1941 ) as one of erstwhile watercolour artist Adolf Hitler’s greatest works. ( Certainly it shows a distinct ability to think on a ‘large canvas’ as they say . )

And perhaps other historical figures would benefit from a similar re-appraisal * as artists * rather than ( say ) as genocidal maniacs ?

( As an example I hear there will be an article re-examining Pol Pot’s strangely beautiful ‘Enormous Pile Of Skulls’ monuments in the January Edition of Cambodian Art Monthly. And Russian Art Critic Vasily Blontoblobovitch will be delivering a lecture “Stalin’s Gulags As Spiritual Sculpture” at the Petersburg Fine Arts Institute some time early in the new year, although there is still apparently some doubt that any of these examples of modern art would actually have made it through customs. Most intriguingly, the EU is said to be setting up a commission to look into the question of mass murder as fine art , expected to report in spring 2065 . I for one can’t wait !! )

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By: voblenmoblen http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/16/europe-goes-mad-over-art/comment-page-1/#comment-22081 Sun, 19 Dec 2010 02:32:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6601#comment-22081 Just about anything can , of course, instantaneously become art should an art critic decide – in his wisdom or otherwise -to declare it to be so. ( Truism of modern art criticism. Does this mean my friend Jim the art critic can magically turn -say- the Pacific Ocean into a work of art ? Why yes of course ..”Critic Declares Very Large Ocean To Be Greatest Work of Art Since Michaelangelo’s David” )

Anyway, Jim tells me he will be happy to definitively pronounce on the artistic status of your highly taxed import , of whatever nature, for a reasonable consulting fee.

(” Yes, it appears obvious to me that these 30,000 cans of horsemeat processed into Tasty Chunks dogfood – yum yum !- raise telling &, yes, highly disturbing questions about the relation of man to the natural world …” “Yes, this 100 kg of weapons grade plutonium is clearly a vehicle for the expression of Ahmed’s ambiguous attitude to the US Military Industrial Complex & as such stands as one of the most provocative & sublime art works I have come across this decade…” )

This could of course lead to a US ‘War On Art’, with funds into the trillions, but then, what with absolutely anything & everything being more or less art, this would eventually amount to a US “War On Absolutely Everything” which at least cuts to the damn chase – after all, we all know that’s where we’re heading, long term … :-)

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By: andrewofla http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/16/europe-goes-mad-over-art/comment-page-1/#comment-22007 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 02:38:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6601#comment-22007 Does this also apply to taxes on paint, canvas, and stretcher bars? As these things only cause the sensation of “art” and are not the art themselves.

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By: lambertstrether http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/16/europe-goes-mad-over-art/comment-page-1/#comment-21988 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 17:33:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6601#comment-21988 I really like it that the age-old question “What is art?” has finally been answered by asking the question “What tax regimen is appropriate for it?”

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By: TimWorstall http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/12/16/europe-goes-mad-over-art/comment-page-1/#comment-21982 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 15:16:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=6601#comment-21982 But if they’re wall light fittings do they meet EU standards for wall light fittings?

Shouldn’t they be confiscated and destroyed because they don’t have a CE mark?

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