In 1963, Cold War centric fashion, a conceived 45 Communist Goals for America were read into the Congressional record. You can find the whole list here. (the souce website is incidental, just the first one that came up)
Relevant to this blog is number 23 which reads:
23 – Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.”
I’m writing this on my phone so I’ll come back and add pics but, huh, pretty much 90% of corporate and abstract art – meaningless. Cans of shit, “compositions” comprising of menstruated blood and used tampons, meat grinder – repulsive. Basquait and other shitty rip-offs – ugly.
Just look at the header image of this post. You’ve probably got some variation of this in your immediate area, generic metal “sculpture,” probably at the entrance of a corporate business park. It can mean anything and yet nothing at the same time, the essence of post-modern thought.
So did the chicken or the egg come first? Was art already in this state in 1963 or was this prophecy? Did modern art need communists to steer it where it is now or was it just the natural unfolding?
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