Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get into the Met Museum?, Guerrilla Girls, 1989, poster
I’m not going into the same section of the Art World that the Guerrilla Girls are railing against here but I still keep a copy of this image on the cork-board above my drawing table to remind me what I’m up against every single day.
Also the tumblr this comes from is really great! MISANDRY FOR LIFE!
Five Swallows Above a Branch by Utagawa Hiroshige
I saw this yesterday at the Met and I was really tired + in a lot of pain and I was just staring at these little swallows and they were just so sweet and so precious I was going to cry.
~*~*~*The Power of Art*~*~*~
Can’t not reblog a medieval bag of dicks.
OP, I will fight you. I will fight you so hard. I am all about physical altercations over Koons and Hirst. They are everything wrong with the contemporary art.
Pages from the Cervera Bible aka Lisbon’s Hebrew Bible, a medieval illuminated manuscript created in Spain c. 1300
Scribe: Samuel ben Abraham ibn Nathan
Illuminator: Joseph Hazarfati aka Joseph the Frenchman
I had the pleasure of seeing this absolutely beautiful manuscript today at the Met and, wow, I am just in awe of it. If you are in NYC you should really go see it in person—the calligraphy and illuminations are so wonderfully delicate and the inks and gold leaf shine like jewels. The illuminations are a delicate mix between the reverent and the fanciful, and I especially enjoy the little hidden gems like the dragons made out of Hebrew calligraphy and the illustration of the ram playing a shofar!
I’m really happy that the Met brought this over for a special exhibition. I’m really interested in European medieval art, especially illuminated manuscripts, as I see them as a distant relation of comics. There are many more secular pieces of artwork from this time period that I have found extremely appealing, but researching the period or visiting medieval European galleries can be an alienating, uncomfortable experience for me as a non-Christian because there’s just too much Jesus! Seeing this book was really affirming and inspiring to me, especially because I’m currently working on a comic seeped in medieval Jewish mysticism which hasn’t been easy to visually research.
Buy This Artwork: Original: $1,100
Reasons why this photograph is bullshit:
- Overt sexualization in a context of objectification
This is the same trash Gauguin was painting in Tahiti, the only difference being that his fantasies were pedo/ephebophilic. The same sexist, racist, imperialist asshattery artists have been producing for the last 300 odd years (though Mr. Walker seems to take his cues from the late 19th and early 20th century Avant Garde brand of chucklefuckery). Why is this still an acceptable brand of art? Why hasn’t this meme been culled? Why the fuck is this insult worth $1100?
References to “exotic” and “native” locals in the title and plant imagery? CHECK
Lilly-white nude female model in a passive pose? CHECK
Uncomfortable cumshot reference? MOTHER-FUCKIN’ CHECK
Not that I didn’t already hate Saatchi for forcing the YBAs upon us all, but a tiny part of me dies everytime I see the tropes of this tired old sexist, exoticisizing, racist bullshit dragged out again and again and a-fuckin-gain in the contemporary art world.
One of the reasons I put myself through the gauntlet of art school and trying to become a working artist and the insanity is that I want to do something that IS NOT this. I want to make compassionate, beautiful things for everyone, not just rich men. I want to make stories for all the women and girls out there that are affirming and feminist and supportive and hopefully will form meaningful connections with my audience. I may not make a lot of money, but I hope to make someones’ lives a bit better because they found something in my work that spoke to them.
This is relevant to pretty much every comic I make at SVA.
Now time to pencil a Tam Lin comic in all of its 1700s Scots language glory.