Friday, March 23, 2012

In Agreeance With Scruton

Roger Scruton has philosophized that art has become vulgar, ugly, and pointless.  Take for example, the Pompidou Modern Art Museum.  The outside is the inside and the inside is the outside - an inside-out building.  The art makes one scratch their heads, squint their eyes, and crane their necks to see the art from a different perspective.  To me, art needs more, and modern art does not offer my mind enough stimulation.  Scruton said,
"Many of the uglinesses cultivated in our world today refer back to the two experiences that I have singled out. The body in the throes of death; the body in the throes of sex—these things easily fascinate us. They fascinate us by desecrating the human form, by showing the human body as a mere object among objects, the human spirit as eclipsed and ineffectual, and the human being as overcome by external forces, rather than as a free subject bound by the moral law."
The video shows a metal bar that vibrates when it hits a wire.  Is that art, just like "An Oak Tree," by Michael Craig-Martin?  I'm not entirely convinced.  


  1. This clearly indicates to me that postmodern art has lost its critical purpose, already having fulfilled its function as a social reformer following the Holocaust, wars, and confllicts of the 60's - exposing reality instead of sacralizing a transcendent.

    Now, postmodern art has degenerated into a dehumanizing show designed to shock modern sensibilities and jarr common moralities while claiming the mantle of social critic. They want to stretch the bounds of ethics, humanity, and the nature of reality on a steady road to nihilism. The ultimate mission is destroy all laws, all truth, and all standards and reduce them to mere tastes.

  2. Yeah this clearly indicates that today we have no idea of true art. In many ways postmodern art spits in the face of true art some of the things today that are called art are really mind-blogging and amusing.

    I think that postmodern art is a process of production that the more things you have in the public eye the better. I think it's lost the true beauty behind making and composing of something truly aesthetically pleasing.