Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This Captures It

Zombie posts a picture from the Oakland Museum that she believes captures the decline of Western Culture in one image.  I agree, but even better was a comment that someone left:
“Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.”
Tom Stoppard


  1. I did not know he said that. I do recall a quote from Robert Frost, when asked whether he would write poetry in free verse, an irregular style of poetry new in the 50's, replied, "I would sooner play tennis with the net down."

    Charles M. Russell, the Montana artist also had some choice things to say in his letters about not only impressionists, the modern artists of his time, but also art critics, particularly a humorous riff on being and nothingness.

  2. Comment #24 stands out:

    The “modern” art movement in all the artistic disciplines — sculpture, painting, music, theatre, literature and poetry, etc. — is always characterized by a sadistic relationship between the artist and his intended audience.

    Wasn't that the plot to Fifty Shades of Grey

  3. Something else Charles Russell said, "An Artist is the only thing you can say you is that nobody can say you ain't".