Anger is a legitimate emotion in the face of injustice. Passive acceptance of evil is not a virtue.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
George Bush's paintings: this is the art of Forrest Gump
'Bush's portrait of
Putin looks like something you would find in one of America's trash-rich
Salvation Army stores and buy to laugh at.
"His portrait of Putin actually looks like something you would find in
one of America's trash-rich Salvation Army stores and buy to laugh at.
It's got a classic amateur clumsiness and oddity to it. Bush has
attempted to render shadow and shape in stylish blocks of fawn and
woodchip and cookies 'n cream, but they don't sit right and the whole
head looks mildly crazed. Perhaps this mad look is what is meant by
revealing Putin's "soul", but it seems inept rather than insightful.
It looks as if Bush's art coach has showed him paintings by no less a model that the great pop portraitist Alex Katz,
whose semi-abstract, wide-eyed style and flat backgrounds his hamfisted
daubs vainly echo. But the results lack coherence or vitality. This is
the art of Forrest Gump.
Idiocy in art has its charms. In the man who ran the free world into
bloodstained buffers, those charms quickly sour. These empty headed
daubs look the work of someone you wouldn't trust to mow a lawn without
cutting someone's foot off."