Saturday, September 30, 2006

Ars gratia fascium

This week - the damning verdict that every artist dreads

12 comments:

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

These buyers sound like they've been caught red-appendaged in an adult bookstore, what with their high collars and apologetic demeanours: "Oh, erm...it's not really for me, see...It's for friend, yeah, thats it, a friend!"

Ivan the Terrible said...

No-one seriously thinks the pictures are any good, so the buyers are either Nazis or hoping to sell them on to Nazis later on. Either way their ethical position sucks. No wonder they're embarrassed...

Seamus said...

I think it would be extremly easy to forge a Hitler. After all, his technique is hardly distinctive, presumably the signature is pretty straightforward. Wouldn't that be an entirely justifiable scam? After all, as Ivan points out, the buyers of these paintings are hardly ethical paragons...

Oh on a matter I suppose tangentially related to AH (animal lover as he was) - I attended the Blessing of the Pets today. You can read about it here: http://tinyurl.com/gzrms - a pleasingly surreal experience. I was only sorry the priest didn't sermonise directly to the animals. Certainly his somewhat harsh sermon on one of the more angry Gospel texts ("If thy hand leads you to sin, cut it off etc. etc.") did meet the mood - however his epic progress through the packed church blessing each pet individually (forget women priests and getting all cool about contraception, pet blessings are the way for the Church to go if they want to regain popularity - at least with the 10-12 year old girl bracket) was a hoot - various devotional classics such as King of the Swingers, Blackbird (The beatles one) and The Bear Necessities rung out on the organ, as the congregation chatted amongst themselves. It is something like how I imagine a medieaval cathedral to be...

Seamus said...

I meant "did not meet the mood" when talking about his sermon. Obviously.

R. Sherman said...

Oh, let's face it. The schmoh wanted to glom on to something with some historical value in order to get some face time on "Antiques Road Show."

One only hopes he'll donate the proceeds to the families of the victims of that maniac.

Cheers.

PI said...

How will the world be 'reminded of what Hitler did' by a couple of inferior paintings I wonder? And who would you choose to give tham to?

PI said...

Seamus: the Vicar of Dibley didit first.

Seamus said...

Brilliant! Must dig it out for my organist friend....

PI said...

I'm inviting you and family and all the gang to my nuptials - coming soon - Korean War 1951 permitting. Dress tidy but no utility suits please.

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