Thursday, June 19, 2008

Name Ten, Andrew. Just Ten.

Andrew Bolt - who evidently can't be bothered learning about any art, or artist, whom he decides to denounce - has cranked out another fulmination against an artist who makes 'mock of a faith which guards him while he sleeps'. This time the object of Andy's outrage is Argentinian artist Leon Ferrari, whose 1965 sculpture la civilización occidental y cristiana (picture) is on display in the Sydney Biennale.

So far this year, Bolt has tied his knickers - and those of his fans - in a knot over the following artists who've dared to blaspheme against Christianity but haven't the guts to blaspheme against Islam:
  • Alfred Hrdlicka whose 1984 etchings in tribute to Pier Paolo Passolini featured in a controversial retrospective exhibition in Vienna this year.
  • Martin Kippenburger, who died in 1997 but not before he produced a 'self-portrait' depicting himself as a crucified, beer-drinking frog (in 1990).
If, as Bolt maintains, the art world is infested with moral cowards who will quite happily blaspheme against Christianity but not Islam - because that's too dangerous - he ought to be able to name ten, just ten - career artists who have produced and publicly displayed such works in the past year.

Failing that, a little research into the careers of the next artist he lines up for denunciation might spare him a little embarassment. Wikipedia's stub biography of his latest target includes this note:

Ferrari has also written articles for left-leaning newspaper Página 12. His work and his politics have brought him into some controversy and notoriety. He was forced into exile in São Paulo, Brazil from 1976 to 1991 following threats by the military dictatorships.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Headline of the Day

Iguanas witness cover-up

What I want to know is - who lagged on the iguanas? Will they come forward to give us their account of events?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Word of the Day: Scuppie

The News Limited web-site has reproduced this report, from the Townsville Bulletin on the rise of a new consumer demographic:

Standing for Socially Conscious Upwardly Mobile Persons, scuppies are the most influential consumer group of our time. Just like hippies, they care about society and the environment -- but, just like yuppies, they care about their quality of life and bank balance, too.

The term was coined by the self-confessed American scuppie Chuck Failla: "I'm a professional. I'm ambitious, I like nice things. I want security and a degree of wealth. But I don't like to go after those goals in anything other than a socially conscious way.''

This little news item has the makings of a very entertaining Anti-PC beat-up. For Andrew Bolt and his readers there's the joy of finding another group of PC hypocrites to denounce. For the rest of us there's the pleasure of watching Andrew and his readers completely miss the joke: