How to convert Modern Art from Junk into something actually meaningful

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How to convert Modern Art from Junk into something actually meaningful

Cae­cil­ius: Mod­ern art. Out of the way, that’s it. Oh, Rom­bus, I’m a lit­tle bit peck­ish. Get me some ants in honey, there’s a good lad. Ooo, maybe a dor­mouse? What do you think?
Metella: You call it mod­ern art, I call it a bloom­ing great waste of space.

Doc­tor Who: The Fires of Pom­peii 2008

Let’s say it bluntly, most mod­ern art is junk and the peo­ple who choose to buy it are suck­ers. A great exam­ple of it is the sculp­ture The Queen’s Vagina:

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That’s this mon­stros­ity is con­sid­ered art is bad, that it has been placed on the incred­i­ble grounds of Ver­sailles (which are a work of art in them­selves) is an offense against aes­thet­ics and caused some fuss at the time of its instal­la­tion. That peo­ple have decided to phys­i­cally attack it how­ever is an offence against prop­erty rights.

The “sclup­ture” was defaced (I use the word “defaced” loosely, since it’s hard to “deface” a piece of junk) by graf­fiti once but was cleaned, now it is has been hit for a 2nd time:

Phrases such as “Queen sac­ri­ficed, twice insulted” and “the sec­ond rape of the nation by deviant Jew­ish activism” cov­ered the sculp­ture by the British-​Indian artist.

How­ever in the ulti­mate irony Mr. Kapoor has man­aged to use this event to trans­form his piece from the joke that it is to some­thing more.

the 61-​year-​old British-​Indian artist told the daily Le Figaro he would not restore the work as he did the first time, and instead would keep the “abom­inable words” as part of the sculpture.

I had already ques­tioned the wis­dom of clean­ing it after the first van­dal­ism. This time, I am con­vinced that noth­ing should be removed from these slurs, from these words which belong to anti-​Semitism that we’d rather for­get,” Kapoor said.

From now on, in the name of our uni­ver­sal prin­ci­ples, these abom­inable words will become part of my work, they will over­lay it and stig­ma­tize it.”

Con­grat­u­la­tions Mr. Kapoor, you’ve man­aged by this ges­ture to trans­form a piece of junk into a state­ment about both free­dom of expres­sion and against anti-​Semitism.

I still have no respect for you as an artist, but I have tremen­dous respect for you as a man.

Well done!

Caecilius: Modern art. Out of the way, that’s it. Oh, Rombus, I’m a little bit peckish. Get me some ants in honey, there’s a good lad. Ooo, maybe a dormouse? What do you think?
Metella: You call it modern art, I call it a blooming great waste of space.

Doctor Who: The Fires of Pompeii 2008

Let’s say it bluntly, most modern art is junk and the people who choose to buy it are suckers. A great example of it is the sculpture The Queen’s Vagina:

qvma

That’s this monstrosity is considered art is bad, that it has been placed on the incredible grounds of Versailles (which are a work of art in themselves) is an offense against aesthetics and caused some fuss at the time of its installation. That people have decided to physically attack it however is an offence against property rights.

The “sclupture” was defaced (I use the word “defaced” loosely, since it’s hard to “deface” a piece of junk) by graffiti once but was cleaned, now it is has been hit for a 2nd time:

Phrases such as “Queen sacrificed, twice insulted” and “the second rape of the nation by deviant Jewish activism” covered the sculpture by the British-Indian artist.

However in the ultimate irony Mr. Kapoor has managed to use this event to transform his piece from the joke that it is to something more.

the 61-year-old British-Indian artist told the daily Le Figaro he would not restore the work as he did the first time, and instead would keep the “abominable words” as part of the sculpture.

“I had already questioned the wisdom of cleaning it after the first vandalism. This time, I am convinced that nothing should be removed from these slurs, from these words which belong to anti-Semitism that we’d rather forget,” Kapoor said.

“From now on, in the name of our universal principles, these abominable words will become part of my work, they will overlay it and stigmatize it.”

Congratulations Mr. Kapoor, you’ve managed by this gesture to transform a piece of junk into a statement about both freedom of expression and against anti-Semitism.

I still have no respect for you as an artist, but I have tremendous respect for you as a man.

Well done!