With the riots going on I could not help think of the L.A. riots and the trashed Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Don’t worry the museum wasn’t trashed by the rioters but from within. It is where I got introduced to perhaps the most disgusting artist of all time, Paul McCarthy. He is pictured below in a performance piece going down on a hot dog. And a few more pictures from recent and past LAMOCA exhibitions, lol, including a vid of Chris Burden being shot for art.
Here is a list of the current board of directors:
Maria Seferian, Chair
Carolyn Clark Powers, President
Eugenio Lopez, Vice Chair
Heather Podesta, Secretary
Maurice Marciano, Chair Emeritus
Clifford J. Einstein, Chair Emeritus
Dallas Price – Van Breda, President Emeritus
Jeffrey Soros, President Emeritus
Two last names stand out, Soros and Podesta. Jeffrey is a nephew of George Soros and Heather is the ex-wife of Tony Podesta, infamously connected to the spirit-cooking artist Marina Abramovic. Dear Tony, I’m so looking forward to the Spirit Cooking dinner at my place. Do you think you would be able to let me know if your brother’s joining? All my love, Marina
Spirit Cooking was a book and an Italian exhibition. The walls were covered in statements in pigs blood: Fresh morning urine. Sprinkle over nightmare dreams … With a sharp knife, cut deeply into the middle finger of your left hand. Eat the pain … Mix fresh breast milk with fresh sperm milk. Drink on earthquake nights.
Some of these people on the board are either dumb as rocks or they have the postmodern agenda to destroy the minds of the masses. Gotta question the motives of people that want to devolutionize people and not lift them up? What do you think is motivating them?
Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 6/1/2020
TOMBS: Termination of mind, body, and soul.
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
Art within art. Painting a person with tattoos is like painting a painting within a painting. Mind-bending. The tricky part for the painter is to be not confused by the tones and hues of the tattoos and bring out the forms and light of anatomy.
Tattoo Series, 2017, oil on canvas, each 24×20″
Michael Newberry, Idyllwild, 5/17/2020