jesuisperdu:

It’s always surprising to me at the degree in which people brown-nose and lick ass to make it, particularly in the early 2000’s. Less surprising is how much the art wold, based on my limited time on Earth, looks and acts similarly to a typical high school with a skewed value system based on popularity. I went to an opening at Gagosian last night and the only other person of color I saw in the building were the workers kindly telling everyone else not to lean on the artwork. Even though Joshua Citarella’s show at Higher Pictures left me in very good spirits, seeing the whiteness of the rest of the openings left a bad taste in my mouth. I know this is much bigger than the art world, stemming from years of colonialism and imperialism but still, it’s wild, even incomprehensible at this point. Akin to this waggish Onion article, I believe some of the people in charge of the systems we live in have completely lost touch with reality.

I’ve always understood the whiteness of the art world to be a manifestation of the straight white cis male default. To explain: SWcMales are celebrated in the art world for a variety of reasons but primarily because the majority of people who collect art (read: “the majority of people with enough $$$$$ to collect art”) are SWcMales or their wives who are most likely SWcFemales. SWcFemales as evidenced by Daniel Shea’s recent post/survey have a tendency to support/celebrate the careers of SWcMales for a variety of psychosocial reasons too varied to get into in a Tumblr communication. The SWcMale perspective is default due obviously to the legacy of colonialism and because wealthy SWcMales collect art made by other SWcMales (making them, in turn, wealthy - think Koons, Hirst, et al). The art world is stuck in a holding pattern - if you are not a SWcMale, if you are Female, or LGBT, or not white, you are expected to make art about your difference from the default perspective (read: “universal perspective” and/or “valid perspective”) the significantly different way you surely MUST see the world since you are not privileged enough to be a SWcMale. The most successful female artists tend to make work that is overtly feminist or that can be read in an overtly feminist way even if it isn’t intended to be feminist. The most successful LGBT artists make work addressing gender and sexuality. The most successful non-white artists make work about race or ethnicity, or in the case of many artists, work that has an aesthetic that can be viewed as overtly ethnic or racial(for example, the way asian-american artist’s work is often described as having a simple, minimal, or clean aesthetic, the way black artists who don’t make work about race will often have their work described as “street” - euphemisms abound). Whether this is perpetuated because many of the most powerful people in the art world actually see the world this way, that they can’t fathom of a non-white, non-straight, non-male American creating work that is just as valid and universal and default as their SWcMale counterpart or because it’s simply easier to market an artist to rich SWcMales and Females if you reduce their art to the artist’s obvious physical difference from the SWcMale default is unknown. Probably a little of both. Regardless it’s a sad state and should change but probably won’t until the community of people who buy/collect art become more diverse. Cash Rules Everything Around Me.

jakestangel:

someone sent me this quote i jotted down on this here blog years ago and i still like it so here it is. it’s a little funny given daniel’s post on women in photography that i have yet to chime in on.

“Simplest sentence ever #3: The longer you bitch, the more you complain, the more inactive you are in getting to where you want to go, the longer, bitchier, harder, and more unpleasant it will be. This is the devastating truth. So sack up (disclaimer: I am a feminist), get in your F150, and get r’ done.”

 On some level I understand the sentiment i.e. take control of what you can, work hard, persevere, be diligent. But that “stop bitching” attitude isn’t helpful. Unless the underlying institutional problems are addressed, nothing will change. It’s probably difficult to understand if you’re a straight, white cis male but it is in fact possible to be extremely talented and extremely hard working and still be repeatedly rejected because you’re a woman, or not white, or part of the LGBT community. All of the hard work in the world won’t help if the person in charge of hiring you just doesn’t like hiring women. I know that it’s hard to believe that these attitudes still exist in 2013, that you can be talented as fuck and work your ass off and make very little headway cause you’re not the right kind of person but that is the world we live in and addressing the problem head on is necessary.

Dear TCGS,

While it’s true that villainous deeds were committed on the last episode, they were not committed by Random Messenger Bag. The trio of Executive Producers/Writers (JD Amato, Noah Foreman and Dru Johnston) revealed themselves to be the true villains of the episode, creating an impossible dilemma for one of the coolest, most likeable panel members TCGS has ever seen.

Think of the choice: either defend Gethard and be forced to stop being an active part of the most fun TV show ever made, or abandon Gethard, be vilified unfairly, and stick around for 3 more months. If this was meant to be a hero’s journey then Amato, Foreman and Johnston are the cruel Olympian gods of TCGS manipulating the cast and audience and turning the community against its true hero. I think they need to be forced down from Olympus. I think they need to suffer for their cruelty.
 
I propose an episode called “Fuck The Producers”. Amato and Foreman should be duck taped back to back and subjected to various indignities. I’m sparing Dru Johnston mainly cause he seems genuinely too nice (and frankly just too weird) to be subjected to any form of torture.

But seriously fuck Amato and Foreman. Have those two ever not looked like smug smirking assholes, like actual douche bags? To clarify I mean they look like actual bags of used douche that were somehow magically animated and made human. All of the calls should be focused on insulting those shitstains or dredging up the most embarrassing true stories about those two, preferably from callers who know them personally. So anyway, yeah:

FUCK THE PRODUCERS!

LONG LIVE MESSENGER BAG!
 

(Source: thechrisgethardshow)

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

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unwinona:

And then I debated whether or not to put it on Tumblr…but I decided it was important. Because in my own way, I can (unfortunately) point out exactly what is wrong with men when they don’t realize how hard it is to be a woman. How we do not have equal opportunities and freedoms in everyday life….

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol