Hallo! Really like the blog - I was wondering what the thought processes behind your blog name were.
Thanks; I wanted to name my art blog something cool, and in that time I was very into The White Stripes (yes my blog is old) and I liked their ‘sympathy for the recording industry’ as a play on ‘sympathy for the devil’ by the rolling stones, but also as am acknowledgement that the recording industry is dying. I think art is in the same transitory phase as the recording industry so we should have some sympathy for the art gallery, although it can also be a devil and maybe it is not so bad that more and more shifts to online :-)
Practically he does the same thing as Ai, even Ai's vases are at least 2,000 years old too, but theoretically it's different; Ai destroyed it since the government destroyed old China.
I agree it is theoretically different. But it is also politically motivated. Ai Weiwei’s vases cannot be seen solely as a critique against the Chinese government, but also as a symbol of a global art market where a few art superstars are exhibited everywhere, which tends to push out more local artists and culture. I like the fact he uses the creative act of one of the elites politically most critical artists as a way to make his own point. The fact he does the same thing is actually his weakness; it does not have the creativity of Ai Weiwei’s act, nor the huge personal historic symbolism (Ai Weiwei is in fact drawing attention to the destruction of his own culture, by destroying an artefact of it) so in the end it is probably more a piece of political propaganda than a creative piece.
Still: there is not really any other work of art that would have invited the same extreme violent way to express his point than this and still seem like a creative act. Unlike the guy defacing a Rothko in the name of art I actually hope Mr. Caminero gets off with a reprimande and does not have to serve jail time. Because seeing the history of Ai Weiwei that would be ironic.
“Napoleon was the first general to have a dedicated art theft unit in his army, and to require the forfeit of artworks as a term of armistice—if you wanted him to stop shooting at you, you had to give him your art. His art theft unit was responsible for the capture of thousands of works, particularly from Italy. Adding insult to injury, Napoleon obliged those he defeated to pay for the shipping of the art he stole from them back to Paris. The Vatican had to fork out the equivalent of $2.3 million in today’s currency to cover shipping for the hundred-plus artworks that Napoleon’s team had chosen”—Inside Hitler’s Fantasy Museum - The Daily Beast (via slantback)
“So it’s not about accepting the object in high-mode culture; it’s about acceptance of others. I think what people want from art is gesture. And when I say gesture, I don’t mean just a physical gesture but a form of gesture that everybody wants to live life to its fullest and to feel life within their blood system. What does it mean, to be alive?”—This interview with Jeff Koons is making a lot of sense to me right now. Jeff Koons: Art Changes Every Day | Art21