June 06, 2018

The Decline of Art and the Cult of Ugliness

Martina MarkotaRebel Contributor

The left is waging war on arts and culture, replacing class with the purposely provocative, and beauty with the grotesque. This is a concerted effort to change society’s perception of beauty, and it’s not about being ‘inclusive’. It’s a political, and Marxist, agenda.

It is up to us, the conservatives, the realists, and the ‘right’ in general, to counter this attack. We must create our own art and resist the political agenda infiltrating the arts across the West.

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commented 2018-06-08 21:12:55 -0400
I love you. Obviously God does too.
Beauty. I was captivated by your depth, like you can see molecules. God love you
commented 2018-06-08 00:42:35 -0400
Funny you should say that Liza… I’ve also been wondering in recent years why all the car designers seem to be in a contest to see who can design the biggest and ugliest industrial vacuum cleaner!
commented 2018-06-07 21:42:56 -0400
Most fashion is horrible at present. It seems to be pandering to this gender fluid crowd, speaking of subjective issues. There are even tranny models. I’m not buying anything advertised that way. Their market must be very small.
Even cars are uglier. Remember when cars all had their individual style, now they all look the same. Good design seems lost these days. Not much attention is paid to it, and that guarantees ‘ugly’.
commented 2018-06-07 17:31:40 -0400
Andrew the Miss America garbage is a fine example of what she is saying.
commented 2018-06-07 17:30:06 -0400
Andrew Stephenson then why does the left crap when posters of aborted babies are shown? I say those are art that needs to be seen. And it is the left that is destroying art and having it removed so spare us your BS! The point is that they are deciding what is allowed and not allowed and allowing ignorant hatred and filth while destroying beauty that does not suit their view of things.
commented 2018-06-07 16:12:03 -0400
“Do you find that possibility threatening?

Good. They’ve succeeded."… And a big California “Oh Wow!” for that profound insight Ms. Stephenson…
commented 2018-06-07 11:56:32 -0400
“Eric Reynolds commented 6 hours ago
Thanks for that fine presentation. The argument one will get from the left when justifying such “art” is that of pure subjectivity. Since they believe there is no objective truth, they can base their creations on any inner viewpoint they wish”

Do you find that possibility threatening?

Good. They’ve succeeded.
commented 2018-06-07 11:52:02 -0400
Art isn’t meant to be invariably aesthetically “beautiful” and a lot of historically important art isn’t, often deliberately so.

“Purposely provocative and grotesque” is not a new phenomenon.
commented 2018-06-07 10:09:16 -0400
Thank you Martina
This so called art has pissed me off for many years. Anyone remember the meat dress?
I also recall a so called artist that sewed up photographs in dead bunny’s and let them rot.
it was called a celebration of purification. We also paid a non Canadian artist $80,000 dollars for his art. This consisted of vials of his own semen hung on a dead spruce tree.
Many more abominations have been purchased by the government. Including a movie called bubbles galore. This was garbage that ends with a man in drag pulling a baby doll from under his dress. All funded by tax payers.

No one would have given these so called artists a penny if it were set up as a self funding paid admission.
I would also like to add (Rap)bad poetry recited to four four time is not music.
Have you ever heard a song referring to mothers and sisters as whores in any other form of music.
Any other music that glamorizes selling drugs turning communities into addict shit holes and killing cops.
commented 2018-06-07 05:50:30 -0400
Thanks for that fine presentation. The argument one will get from the left when justifying such “art” is that of pure subjectivity. Since they believe there is no objective truth, they can base their creations on any inner viewpoint they wish. In essence, they are creating reflections of their own personal tastes, views, visions of reality. That such ugliness is the result should be a learning experience for everyone. I take such destructive, callous, mean-spirited art as a warning. Be afraid, be very afraid.
commented 2018-06-07 05:05:46 -0400
As a classical painter, I couldn’t agree more. Ugliness and lack of talent abounds. But the general public knows beauty and skill when they see it. There is a growing trend worldwide to return to traditional ideals of beauty and skill in art. The Art Renewal Center in the U.S., and the many successful classical ateliers for painting and sculpture, which have been founded in the last couple of decades, are evidence of this. People need to stop paying money for garbage visual art and performance.
commented 2018-06-07 04:54:57 -0400
On a more serious note, that was such a good commentary by Martina Markota that I had to watch it twice… In Canada’s case I think “beauty and art” started to slide noticeably downhill in the 70s when the National Gallery in Ottawa started to buy “current art” on a quota basis rather than being judgemental… A lot of obvious “crap” was bought on the taxpayer’s dime with no artistic judgment but sheer acquisition of “volume” then being put out… Which inevitably led to what I call the “bent paperclip” class of so-called “sculpture” marking our parks, public squares, and access roads to monuments and airports… It was also the time that “ragging” and doing “self-interpretive” vocalizations and “scooby-doo” wailings of the national anthem became acceptable in both Canada and the United States… And so it has continued, unabated, ever since… There seems to be no end in sight for this childish self-indulgence these days as apparently “anything goes”… Thank God then the we still do have serious galleries of art and that opera singers have to “stick to the script” lest they be booed off the stage….
commented 2018-06-07 04:39:55 -0400
Thank you Space Moose for your profound insight on the issue, as always…
commented 2018-06-07 02:19:37 -0400
commented 2018-06-07 02:15:06 -0400
So very profound. I have been seeing the concept of beauty leaving the arts for things that are ugly, gross and offensive. Not controversially offensive but truly offensive, not just to a particular societal segment or group. But offensive to the art itself, be it sculpture, on canvas or photographic art, etc. Where I tend to see it most strongly exhibited is in the music industry. Talent has been replaced by what is repugnant, showmanship replaced by attitude and entertainment replaced by morbidity. Soon anything that is beautiful, fun and enjoyable will be a thing of the past. And life will be Less Interesting.
commented 2018-06-07 02:05:55 -0400
Well said, the left is projecting their own ugliness and forcing it on the rest of us.
commented 2018-06-07 00:45:07 -0400
Martina is correct in seeing the degradation of art and beauty as a part of the Leftist agenda to remake the world in their own image. All that is traditional must fall and must be degraded and despised so that the Brave New World of the Left can be built.

David Horowitz points out that the Leftist are trying to bring about the Kingdom of God sans God. So they are left with their own limited powers and reason.

Here is his 9 minute video titled, What the Left Believes. At 3:00 in he explains this concept.

commented 2018-06-06 23:04:35 -0400
Welcome aboard, Martin. Your comments bring to mind something that happened to Canadian wildlife artist, Robert Bateman. After a very successful exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute in New York, he was disqualified from exhibiting his paintings in Vancouver, BC because the learned curator of the Vancouver Art Museum didn’t consider his paintings to be real art.
commented 2018-06-06 22:08:36 -0400
Spot on! I hope degenerate art moves along soon. It definitely is an affront on all the senses. It can’t be healthy for a society. Is it a reflection of the culture or is it contrived to direct the culture? In any case it feels poisonous.
You are so right about the standards of beauty, it is hard wired. Dimpled butts are not, no matter how many times they try to tell us to love our fat selves.
I like where this is going. I look forward to more.
commented 2018-06-06 20:45:10 -0400
Welcome Martina. Thanks for speaking out on this VERY important topic. The roots of western (Judaeo-Christian) morals and ethics are being eroded with increasing vigor by the SJW. I believe the root cause is a perverted form of Feminism that seeks to eradicate all forms of patriarchy including the nuclear family.
commented 2018-06-06 19:43:53 -0400
The left is waging war against society and everything that was before the year 2000 . And the odd thing it was started by the oldest of the baby boomers. the so called elite. Really the rich and powerful.
commented 2018-06-06 19:22:07 -0400
Welcome Martina Markota
Your beauty and brains is a great addition to the Rebel.
You are so right the arts are infected and it’s time to clean up the alt-lefts infection.

Thank you
commented 2018-06-06 19:17:47 -0400
This is the art of the Stalin era, beautiful only in the eyes of Socialist Marxist scum. Our Prime Minister would love it
commented 2018-06-06 19:17:25 -0400
Welcome to the Rebel, great commentary Martina.
commented 2018-06-06 19:05:23 -0400
Beauty expounding upon beauty. Very apropos.

Welcome to The Rebel, Martina!
commented 2018-06-06 18:42:49 -0400
commented 2018-06-06 18:37:49 -0400
“Beauty only exists where it’s persistent persecutors have failed to hunt it down”….from The Unbearable Lightness of Being