TOMBS 3: Yale School of Art by Michael Newberry

Martha Kuzma, Dean of Yale School of Art

The crime against the human spirit is when you give incompetents, who cannot draw their way out of a paper bag, positions of educating young artists. I used to think of Yale and Harvard as two great American Universities. Now, no longer. When I see those names all I can think of is TOMBS: Termination of mind, body, and soul.

The problem is to be free in art, to express anything, you have to master it. The lessor the skills the more you are confined to a prison of rage, frustration, and hopelessness. Looking at art from artists with no skills is like watching a deaf, blind, and mute person try to communicate. Giving them the job of spiritual communication is unconscionable.

They say their motive to give artists freedom to do anything they want and to be original. But if you look at the works of these faculty members — none of them are original. But the worst part, they cannot communicate anything of mental, emotional, or sensory value (we can quibble over some partial exceptions).

There is a small chance that these people know nothing. But what is more likely is that they have embraced self-immobilization and the need to inflict immobilization on innocents and to do everything they can to squash value in art and artists. Prick an envy and rage-filled incompetent and you get a spiritual dictator that must control masses through malfeasance.

If you are a parent or grandparent sending your children to these types of schools, you are defaulting on your job to help evolve your kids. You are not a good person.

Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 5/24/2020

3 Replies to “TOMBS 3: Yale School of Art by Michael Newberry”

  1. I thought that was a student show. This kind of art all stems from the false notion that conceptual art evolved out of painting and replaces it, rending painting redundant, in which case you can’t go back. So, you see know traditionally skilled paintings there. That’s because they believe such painting is hopelessly antiquated, and the purpose of art is to move culture forward. Any display of conventional skill in art is considered backwards, and mere craft. Thus a skilled painting is perceived as contaminated with mindless craft.

    My stance on this is that if they want to call conceptual art, I’m fine with that, just as I am if people want ot talk about “the art of juggling” or “the art of dog grooming”. That’s their art, and it represents them. The problem is that it gets lumped in with painting (and not with any other art form, such as film, theater, dance, and so on).

    I would cure this problem by making a separate department for painting and visual art proper, so people can actually learn those skills and participate in that long traditiona of art making if they choose. But what’s happened is painting has been sidelined because of a radical belief system, and so this is what you will learn when you go to an art college that is geared to you having a career in contemporary art.

    I wasn’t able to paint in grad school, but only to make conceptual art “deconstructing [my] white male privilege”. I say let them have their conceptual art, but let visual artists have painting.

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