“As he explained to Jay Leno, the idea of taking up painting comes from Bush’s fantasy of being, or being compared to, Winston Churchill. Churchill painted. Of course, Hitler also painted.”—Art of the Bush School is a great critical essay into the Bush paintings on greg.org. More intelligent and poignant than the quote would suggest.
You should read this post by dachesterfrench, it didn’t feel right to reblog completely:
And…I submit that it is also FAILING. What i mean by that is that it’s failing the same way our Democracy is failing: systemically. The government cannot do legislation anymore, and the art world is not giving us a rich visual culture.
Compare visual art and music. Almost everyone has a music player, buys mp3s or uses a streaming service, goes to a couple concerts a year, and views music as a constitutive part of who they are. But what percentage of the population do you figure participates at a comparable level in visual art?
Almost no one!!!
I think the popularisation / democratisation of art is indeed underway; I hope to play a part with The File Arts, but for example saatchiart.com is also a great example of a lot of art becoming available at affordable prices through the power of the internet.