Criticize the Critics   Leave a comment

For most of my life I’ve been an aspiring artist with my share of successes and failures. It’s really not about being successful or being a failure, it’s having the ability to create something that others find interesting. Regardless of a person’s ability, be it good or bad, there’s always a bevy of critics to look at your work, and then spend a great deal of time and effort cutting it to pieces with little or no concern about the work itself, or the effort and concentration you spent during its creation. I’m not really complaining about the critics because they’re a fact of life no matter what you do artistically or otherwise. Today I’ll offer up some blurbs made by some relatively famous critics about other artists and their work. They’re a bit sarcastic and a little nasty at times but that’s life. Here they are. . .

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Still life with the Bulls Head’ “My little granddaughter of six could do as well.” Norman Rockwell

“If I met Picasso in the street, I would kick him in the pants.” Sir Alfred Munnings 1949

“Picasso finding new ways of avoiding maturity.” Clive James 1984

Michelangelo (1475-1564)

“If Michelangelo had been a heterosexual, the Sistine Chapel would have been painted basic white and with a roller.” Rita Mae Brown 1988

“He was a good man, but he did not know how to paint.” El Greco

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

“Faced with a virtual complete record of the old phony’s unswerving bathos, it was impossible not to burst out in yawning . . . the uproar of banality numbed the mind.” Clive James 1984

Senor Dali, more than delirious, considers it folly to be serious.” Phyllis McGinley 1960

“The naked truth about me is to the naked truth about Salvador Dali as an old ukulele in the attic is to a piano in a tree, and I mean piano with breasts.” James Thurber 1945

Andy Warhol (1930-1980)

“The most famous living artist in America is Andrew Warhol, unfortunately.” John Heilpern 1979

“Warhol’s art belongs less to the history of painting than to the history of publicity.” Hilton Kramer

“The only genius with an IQ of 60.” Gore Vidal

As you can see, even the most famous artists have people lined up to ridicule their art and everything else about them. I guess if you want to be famous, this is the price you must pay, listening to a bunch of jealous and envious critics. Even a chump like me has been criticized for virtually everything I’ve ever done artistically and truthfully that’s part of the fun for me.

I JUST LOVE IRRITATING PEOPLE

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