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Post #892 • October 23, 2006, 6:57 PM • 12 Comments

Terry Teachout:

Politics makes artists stupid.

We now return to our regularly scheduled lying on the couch and groaning.




October 23, 2006, 9:07 PM

We are the Warriors of Slack.

Kings of Boredom.

Outcasts of Government.

Emperors of Thought.

Get better soon guys!


Marc Country

October 23, 2006, 9:50 PM

Politics makes criticism personal.



October 23, 2006, 11:08 PM

Something I picked up on About Last Night:

"Pictorial life is not imitated life; it is, on the contrary, a created reality based on the inherent life within every medium of expression. We have only to awaken it."

The source is Hans Hofmann.



October 23, 2006, 11:10 PM

Oh, and Franklin, if you think politics makes artists stupid, you should see what it does to the rest of the art world.



October 24, 2006, 12:26 AM

How about artists who make politicians appear stupid.



October 24, 2006, 8:32 AM

i'd like to think that artists are better equipped to deal with the 'stupid ray' of politics, but are most artists really outstandingly intelligent? or does creativity and possibly intuition give an artist something better than intelligence? history hasn't been very sympathetic to artists who dabble in politics, has it?


david rohn

October 24, 2006, 9:25 AM

is it just me or does politics (as a discourse and eventually practice ) make pretty much everyone stupid. And I think I agree w/ the person who said artists politics have not historicaly been a positive. But I really liked what was quoted from Hans Hoffman about pictorial space-I think of pictorial space as hypothetical or theoritical space -or maybe now we could say virtual space, and as was pointed out ; as real as a lightbulb, or an e mail or a poem.
Or was the discussion meant to be about the politics played out in the 'art world' where advertising, public relations activities and the patronizing panderinng behavior we see all around us often seems more important and far more influential than the art itself. Someone said 'all politics is local'. I think someone else said 'Politics is everything." I ll take pictorial space any day.



October 24, 2006, 11:07 AM

Teachout is the only online journal I care to read with any regularity. He is the best type of critic, one who goes hungrily after anything that turns him on, who is devoted to fun, to being entertained. I am not always with him on art, but anyone who loves Hans Hofmann the way I do can't be that bad, and I don't know what to think about all the theater and club singers he reviews. But reading him is a delight often enough.

He also has a wonderful set of links to film clips: some excellent Jazz (1930s Louis Armstrong, Armstrong with Bing Crosby and Jack Teagarden, Sidney Bechet, Eddie Condon in his Greenwich Village digs, Johnny Hodges, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang) Boogie Woogie (Meade Lux Lewis and the great two-piano team of Ammons & Johnson) Comedy (Jack Benny, WC Fields and a wild clip of Spike Jones doing "cocktails for Two") C&W (Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Homer & Jethro, Bill Monroe) Comedy (Jack Benny, Johnathan Winters) and an excellent R&B clip of Booker T & the MGs doing "Green Onions", and lots more.

You kids who think "culture" started with Andy Warhol should check someof this stuff out and see what you are missing, or have missed, or should be going back to find.



October 24, 2006, 11:11 AM

And among the film clips I forgot to mention Jimmie Rodgers and his oddly heart-rending singing style doing "T for Texas", sitting in front of a crudely staged coffee shop, brakeman's uniform and all.


Brenda Harness

October 24, 2006, 11:51 AM

Politics has certainly made *some* artists stupid. Guest spots on SNL haven't helped to jumpstart the flagging popularity of one Hollywood superstar. If ratings mean anything, his new show is rapidly going down the tubes. It's all about patronage. He might want to take a hint. My money at the box office is small change, I know, but I wonder how many others out there are like me?



October 24, 2006, 1:21 PM

Opie, itunes has a good selection of various music that's good to listen to while you blog. I personaly like "Secret Agent."
Recently I heard music by the Honeycomes, a sixties band that I vaguely remember
my parents listening to. Oh, and Patsy Kline!
Regarding the link above #5 it is a "stupid" site that shows political art - video, cartoons and all around negative commentary.
(I was trying out the tag process that 'F' relayed to me.)


Marc Country

October 26, 2006, 11:23 AM

"The opinion that art should have nothing to do with politics is itself a political attitude."

-George Orwell



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