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July 27, 2005

Burn Baby Burn

Leave it to the Brits to turn a dull aesthetic parlo(u)r game into an exercise in fantasy iconoclasm [via MAN]:

Frankly, we're not convinced that asking for a list of favourite paintings is really that much fun. Niceness is boring, we reckon. So we want to know which paintings you hate. Really, really loathe. Can't stand. Want to maim. Burn. Yes, that's right.

Down in the comments, though, a submission from one 'Malcolm' is what caught my eye:

I quite want to burn a lot of the things that Saatchi collects. Does anyone know where he keeps them?

Oh, the understated charm of that dry British wit.

(And, for what it's worth, Constable kinda rocks, though I'm not going to push it.)

"Burn Baby Burn"
Posted by Dan at 02:48 PM

Comments

Oh, that's bad. And given the sadness of that Guardian article you point to, not so funny.

I think a lot of the Constable nominations are offered in similar spirit, given the painting's long-standing status as a national symbol. More iconoclasm, just from a different angle.

Posted by: JL on July 28, 2005 at 05:43 AM

> I think a lot of the Constable nominations are offered in similar spirit, given the painting's long-standing status as a national symbol. More iconoclasm, just from a different angle.

Likewise the votes for Turner, Stubbs ("Find something else to paint") or Gainsborough, I think.

A few more gems, though:

I must say that I find any art (painting or otherwise) to feature nudity completely unacceptable. It upsets me deeply that the taxpayers money should be wasted on such filth.
Posted by Outraged, Uxbridge on July 26, 2005 05:53 PM.
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My brother done a picture of this bird's arse. It was crap.
Posted by Jeff on July 26, 2005 06:28 PM.
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Any painting in which the faces of babies (typically baby Jesus) look like the faces of 7 year old kids.
Posted by Hernan on July 26, 2005 07:32 PM.

Posted by: Dan on July 28, 2005 at 10:05 AM

I must say that I find any art (painting or otherwise) to feature nudity completely unacceptable. It upsets me deeply that the taxpayers money should be wasted on such filth.

My brother done a picture of this bird's arse. It was crap

You know, I get the feeling some of these people aren't taking the poll entirely seriously . . .

Posted by: JL on July 28, 2005 at 11:44 AM

This one:

I absolutely detest the paintings of Mozart

I'm gonna love the UK.

Posted by: RITCHIE! on July 28, 2005 at 04:30 PM

Or how about:

Hitler. never thought much of his work...

Good to see you dip into the comments, Mr. Ritchie, though I'm a bit surprised you're not here backing up your boy Jean-Honore Fragonard.

When do you depart for your stint along the River Clyde, by the way?

Posted by: Dan on July 28, 2005 at 05:07 PM

Re: British Artist - Andrew Campbell

http://www.andrew-campbell.com

A Tortoise Walks Very Slowly Across The Moss...

Posted by: Mostyn Birchenal on September 15, 2005 at 04:33 PM



Referenced in this post:

Artcyclopedia: John Constable
Guardian Blogs—Culture Vulture: Hate gallery—Andrew Dickson
Iconoduel: Memo to Britart
Iconoduel: More Echoes of the Bildersturm
Institute of Historical Research: Book Review—'Puritan Iconoclasm in the English Civil War'
Modern Art Notes: Good vs. Bad
Today: The Greatest Painting In Britain Vote