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There goes Robert E. Lee...

A friend was sitting on his porch in Charlottesville this morning and got to witness one final retreat pic.twitter.com/0y6HlaB8Oa— Clyde McGrady (@CAMcGrady) July 10, 2021 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Sculpture, Charlottesville, Robert E. Lee, Ann Althouse, Clyde McGrady, Destruction Of Art


"Some collectors questioned the idea of owning art without exclusivity. 'Why pay $69 million for something anyone can see online?'"

"... said Peter Kraus, chairman and chief executive of Aperture Investors, a New York advisory firm, who collects with his wife, Jill, a trustee at the Museum of Modern Art. Their acquisitions include one of six existing versions of 'The Clock,' Christian Marclay’s 24-hour-long video collage showing thousands of clips from movies throughout history. 'Scarcity is worth something; it’s about owning something that you think is beautiful and can’t be seen in anybody else’s house,' Kraus added. 'Ther...
Tags: Video, New York, Law, Minneapolis, Time, Kay, Jill, NFT, Jean Michel Basquiat, Basquiat, Kraus, Walker Center, Ann Althouse, Engberg, NFTS, Markley


I was just saying that it's been decades since anyone has been outraged by "'modern art' in the form of paintings that have messy-looking drips and scrawls and blotches."

Here, in this post linking to a old-time-y review of painting done by an Abstract Expressionist who emerged in the 1950s. I wrote, "There are things in art that can still shock people, but it would need to involve hurting a living creature or destroying something of value, not merely the chaotic application of paint to a canvas."And look what we have today. A painter did one of the big messy-looking scrawls-and-blotches things that everyone has completely absorbed as ordinary art, something that...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Law, Performance art, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, I'm skeptical, JonOne, Destruction Of Art, JonOne ABC News Key, Seoul Arts Center, Kang Wook


"Can only have been painted by a madman."

Words by Edvard Munch in tiny letters in the most famous version of "The Scream," The Art Newspaper reports. Can we be sure that the artist wrote these words? Mai Britt Guleng, the curator of Old Masters and modern paintings at the National Museum of Norway, says yes. First, the handwriting matches up to other samples of Munch's handwriting. Second, the writing is tiny: “Had this been an act of vandalism by another person, the size of the letters would probably have been larger and the whole tex...
Tags: Art, Writing, Law, Munch, Edvard Munch, Reuters, Don, Kiki, Ann Althouse, Insanity, Mai Britt Guleng, Guleng, The Scream, Destruction Of Art, National Museum of Norway


Bring us the head of Hans Christian Heg!

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:  A criminal complaint charged Rodney A. Clendening, 34, of Beloit, with felony theft after police said they identified him as the driver of a car into which the head of the abolitionist statue was placed on June 23, after a group of people, using another vehicle to assist them, pulled down the statue of Heg during a destructive night Downtown.  According to the complaint against Clendening.... He walked toward the Heg plinth, just out of the camera’s view, a...
Tags: Crime, Law, Ford, Nissan, Wilson, Blair, Beloit, Clendening, Wisconsin State Journal, John Nolen, Ann Althouse, Wisconsin protests, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg, Heg, Rodney A Clendening


"A 33-metre reinforced concrete vagina has sparked a Bolsonarian backlash in Brazil..."

"... with supporters of the country’s far-right president clashing with leftwing art admirers over the installation. The handmade sculpture, entitled Diva, was unveiled by visual artist Juliana Notari on Saturday at a rural art park... In a Facebook post, Notari said the scarlet hillside vulva was intended to 'question the relationship between nature and culture in our phallocentric and anthropocentric western society' and provoke debate over the 'problematisation of gender.'...  Bolsonaro’s US...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Law, Wikipedia, US, Bbc, Language, Paris, Brazil, Anish Kapoor, Versailles, Kapoor, Ann Althouse, Genitalia, Bolsonaro


"The statue by Thomas Ball depicts a Black man, shirtless and on his knees, in front of a clothed and standing Abraham Lincoln."

"In one hand, Lincoln holds a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, while the other is stretched out over the Black man. Ball intended it to look as though the man were rising to freedom, but to many, it looks like he is bowing down or supplicating to Lincoln. Boston artist Tory Bullock, who started the petition, described it this way: 'I’ve been watching this man on his knees since I was a kid. It’s supposed to represent freedom but instead represents us still beneath someone else. I would alw...
Tags: Law, Washington, Boston, Sculpture, Slavery, Philadelphia, Lincoln, Ball, Murray, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Louis Gates, Rochester New York, Frederick Douglass, Douglass, New York Murray, Ann Althouse


"Oakland’s Ceramic Bust Of Breonna Taylor Smashed In Brazen Act Of Vandalism."

CBS Local reports.Who would do such a thing? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Oakland, CBS Local, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art


"Two statues that were torn down by protesters in June — one that has come to represent women’s rights and the other honoring an abolitionist — are expected to be reinstalled this coming summer."

"Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday that the state Department of Administration has been awarded $60,000 in federal grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts to help restore the 'Forward' and Col. Hans Christian Heg statues. Restoration of the two statues has begun and both are anticipated to be reinstalled by mid-2021. Evers also has asked the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board to consider a new statue on the Capitol grounds of the late...
Tags: Law, Sculpture, Protests, Madison, Capitol, Phillips, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Wisconsin State Journal, Evers, state Department of Administration, Tony Evers, Ann Althouse, Vel Phillips, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg


"Christ is king in this country. We don’t want illegal aliens from Mexico or outer space. So let’s tear this bitch down."

Says the man in the video that I found through Vice, which says "Mysterious Monolith Update: Racists Destroy California Monolith, Proclaim Christ Superior to Space Aliens/A group of men shouting 'Christ is King' and 'America First' destroyed a new monolith and replaced it with a wooden cross."Notice that this was not the Utah monolith that we were talking about recently. It's a different monolith, in California. And I don't know how to tell whether these are real racists or pranksters. To my ear...
Tags: Utah, Comedy, Law, California, Mexico, America, Journalism, Sculpture, Christ, Racists, Ann Althouse, Lightweight Religion, Antifa, Destruction Of Art, California Monolith Proclaim Christ Superior


"Melania Trump on Friday announced that a work by the sculptor Isamu Noguchi would be installed in the White House Rose Garden..."

"... a gift to the national collection that would be the first work by an Asian-American artist to be included in it. The sculpture, Noguchi’s 1962 'Floor Frame,' highlights 'the beautiful contributions of Asian-American artists to the landscape of our country,' Ms. Trump said in a statement."  The NYT reports. Noguchi is a highly respected sculptor — one of the greats, recognized for many decades. It's weird to see him talked about as if he's mostly a representative of a mass — "Asian-America...
Tags: New York, Law, Sculpture, Nyt, Wwii, Propaganda, Trump, Melania Trump, Isamu Noguchi, White House Rose Garden, Ann Althouse, Noguchi, Racial Politics, Trump And The Military, Destruction Of Art


Can I get a little attention? Does anybody care this year? Seems like they would... this year, especially, but no... Anybody?

It's Columbus Day, but there's way less than the usual hoopla, even though you'd think there'd be more. I found this in the Washington Post, "Much of America has stopped celebrating Columbus Day, but the explorer remains revered in Italy." That's super mild. The observation that has replaced the observation of: There used to be an observation of the holiday, and now there's only the observation that the holiday is no longer observed.   While many Christopher Columbus statues were toppled this y...
Tags: New York Post, Law, Boston, Rome, James Brown, Dancing, United States, New York Times, Italy, David Marcus, Nyt, Ethnicity, Baltimore, Columbus, Christopher Columbus, Genoa Italy


"A group of protesters toppled statues of former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and shattered the entrance to the Oregon Historical Society in Portland’s South Park Blocks..."

"... late Sunday before moving into other areas of downtown, smashing storefronts and engaging in other acts of destruction. Police declared the event a riot and ordered people rampaging through the city’s streets to disperse but did not directly intervene until nearly an hour after the first statue fell. The crowd scattered when police cruisers flooded the area, and officers in tactical gear appeared to make several arrests. Protest organizers had promoted the event on social media as an 'Indi...
Tags: Law, Protests, Portland, Native Americans, Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, Oregon Historical Society, Teddy Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Lewis Clark, Ann Althouse, South Park Blocks, Destruction Of Art, Theodore Roosevelt Abraham Lincoln


4 major museums have postponed a retrospective for a highly respected painter — Philip Guston — because some of the paintings have images of the KKK.

I'm reading "Delay of Philip Guston Retrospective Divides the Art World/;Philip Guston Now' has become Philip Guston in 2024, after four museums postponed an artist’s show that includes Klan imagery."There's no reason to think Guston liked the Klan. It's for the viewer to gaze on these painterly cartoons... ... and wonder what the hell is this supposed to mean? or just to think hmmm, there's that or whatever you think in a museum... those bastions of white supremacy!Maybe you think, yeah, this i...
Tags: Art, London, Instagram, Law, Ukraine, Drawing, Museums, Kkk, University Of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Nuance, Ford Foundation, Nixon, Richard Nixon, Godfrey


Scott Adams plays with the idea of a deeper, darker conspiracy about the Charlottesville incident.

I wonder why we haven't sifted through these ideas before. Why were the people who marched — the supposed Nazis and white supremacists — never identified and interviewed in the press? They were visible and unmasked in clear video. Who were they? Adams observes that they were nice looking, well dressed young people, not the sort of people you'd ordinarily picture as Klansman. Why did they do something openly that would ruin their own future? But then they were not pursued in the media. Isn't that...
Tags: Law, Charlottesville, Conspiracies, Trump, Adams, White Supremacy, Scott Adams, Ann Althouse, Things Are Not What They Seem, Destruction Of Art


How to find all the Black Lives Matter murals in Madison.

An excellent presentation of information using Google maps — here — marking the location of the murals with clickable icons to display a photo of the mural.I got to that via "‘Crisis of expression and creativity:’ Mapping downtown Madison's Black Lives Matter murals" (Capital Times). Excerpt from the article:When businesses boarded up their storefronts in the wake of ongoing protests against racism and police brutality, Karin Wolf of the Madison Arts Commission was tasked with finding a way to r...
Tags: Google, Law, Protests, Wisconsin, Black Lives Matter, Madison, Contracts, Wolf, Meade, Murals, Ann Althouse, Karin Wolf, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg, Heg, Capital Times Excerpt


"Whose story is being told with this monument? The hierarchy is very evident. White commander out front; Black soldiers in the background. It’s the first thing you see...."

"It’s not enough to just see the piece. You have to go deeper. There’s so much not told, but the monument is so moving that it can lead you to those things, if you’re curious."Said L’Merchie Frazier, the education director at the nearby Museum of African American History in Boston, quoted in "Black soldiers monument faces scrutiny amid racial reckoning/Amid the national reckoning on racism, an unlikely monument is facing scrutiny: a Boston memorial to a famed Civil War unit made up of Black sold...
Tags: New York, Law, Boston, Sculpture, American Museum of Natural History, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Floyd, Shaw, Theodore Roosevelt, Faneuil Hall, Crispus Attucks, Massachusetts Statehouse, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Kevin Peterson


"Police arrested two women Monday accused of beating a state senator as he tried to take video of a crowd that had torn down statues during a protest over racial injustice...."

"Police arrested Samantha R. Hamer, 26, and Kerida E. O'Reilly, 33, on suspicion of being parties to the crimes of substantial battery and robbery with use of force. They were both in custody Monday night, according to online records from the Dane County jail. The attacks occurred on a chaotic night in Madison in which a Molotov cocktail was hurled into a government office and two statues on the Capitol grounds were torn down. One was of Col. Hans Christian Heg, an abolitionist who died in the C...
Tags: Crime, Law, Protests, Madison, Reilly, Capitol, Carpenter, Dane County, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg, Samantha R Hamer


"A majority of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement... But the public generally opposes calls to shift some police funding to social services or remove statues of Confederate generals or presidents who enslaved people..."

"... a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.... Americans’ confidence in police appears shaken after a wave of national protests following Floyd’s killing. Compared with 2014, fewer Americans say they are confident that police are adequately trained to avoid using excessive force. Meanwhile, more people say recent police killings of black people are 'a sign of broader problems' in police conduct. The share of Americans saying that black people and other minorities do not receive equal treatment i...
Tags: Law, Police, Slavery, Black Lives Matter, Polls, George Washington, Floyd, WaPo, Washington Post ABC News, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art, George Washington?The


"What is Goya in the Latino community? It’s an icon, a statue. The left wants to destroy all icons."

Said Alexander Otaola, "a Cuban-American in Florida with 105,000 followers on Instagram," quoted in "How Buying Beans Became a Political Statement/The boycott and counter-boycott of Goya comes as the major political parties seek to energize Hispanic support ahead of the 2020 election" (NYT).The Goya chief executive of Goya, Robert Unanue, appeared at the White House rollout of the the "Hispanic Prosperity Initiative" and said "We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like Presid...
Tags: Food, Florida, Instagram, Law, White House, Ethnicity, Goya, Trump, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Trump 2020, Alexander Otaola, Destruction Of Art, Goya Robert Unanue


"A quirky wooden sculpture of US First Lady Melania Trump is reported to have been set on fire near her hometown in Slovenia, prompting its removal."

"... The sculpture of Mrs Trump, which could be described as only bearing a crude likeness to the US first lady, was carved out of a tree trunk on the outskirts of Sevnica, her hometown in central Slovenia. The statue, which depicts Mrs Trump dressed in a blue coat similar to one she wore to her husband's inauguration and with a club-like hand gesturing to the sky, received mixed reviews when it was erected in July 2019. Some residents branded the statue a "disgrace", complaining it looked more ...
Tags: Law, US, Bbc, Sculpture, Slovenia, Lucy, Trump, Melania Trump, Melania, Hamburger, Ann Althouse, Sevnica, Trump and pop culture, Destruction Of Art, Melania the Sevnica


"Completed in 537 AD, Hagia Sophia stood for nearly a millennium at the heart of the Christian world...."

"In 1453, Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, and although his troops plundered what they could carry, the building was saved and turned into a mosque. For 500 years it was the venerated center of the Muslim Ottoman Empire.... Minarets were added, and later the great Ottoman architect Sinan built massive buttresses to prevent the walls from buckling under the weight of the dome, which was damaged in earthquakes. With the fall of the Ottoman Empire... Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern ...
Tags: Travel, Art, Law, Jerusalem, America, Turkey, Architecture, Islam, World Heritage, Sophia, John the Baptist, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Justinian, Hagia Sophia, Zoe, Al Aqsa Mosque


I need to "live-blog" my reading of Trump's 4th of July speech.

Here's the transcript from what was called the “Salute to America” at the White House yesterday. As I said in the previous post, I think Trump went big introducing a strong campaign theme this weekend, setting himself up in opposition to the protesters who've been ripping down statues, and I looked at Biden's 4th-of-July speech — speechlet — and judged it to be smack dab in the middle of a continuum that runs from Trump to the statue topplers.Yesterday, I "live-blogged" my reading of Trump's Jul...
Tags: Usa, Law, White House, Nazis, America, Joe Biden, History, United States, Amelia Earhart, Sculpture, Biden, Martin Luther King, Donald Trump, Columbus, Trump, Disney World


This morning at 5:55, I paid my respects to the empty plinth of the Hans Christian Heg statue.

I didn't insert the flags — only took the photograph. Notice the bent up portion of the bronze in back. That damage occurred when the statue was attacked last week:The memorial statue was beheaded and thrown in Lake Monona by rioters, incensed by the arrest of a member of Black Lives Matter as demonstrations in Madison turned violent in June 2020,[5][6] despite it being of a Union soldier and abolitionist.... On the morning of 24 June, someone painted "Fire Matt Kenny" on the base of the Heg s...
Tags: Photography, Law, Wisconsin, Union, Civil War, Black Lives Matter, Madison, Flags, Monuments, Wisconsin State Journal, Matt Kenny, Lake Monona, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art, Micah Le, Hans Christian Heg


"These iconoclasts appeared on the Capitol Square to cover over the hate graffiti inspired by the fire bombers, looters, and window smashers."

"Their target was the WI Veterans Museum on W. Mifflin Street, which had been vandalized by the Free Yeshua Musa/Mayor Satya anarchists. The message of this motley group ran counter to the anarchists who toppled the statues of Freedom Fighter Hans Christian Heg, who gave his life fighting slavery and secession, and of Miss Forward, exemplar of strong womanhood 20 years before female suffragism. Or the beatdown of State Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee. Or the fire bombing of the City County Build...
Tags: Law, Milwaukee, Protests, Posters, Madison, Ann Althouse, Mifflin Street, David Blaska, Capitol Square, Destruction Of Art, Hans Christian Heg, Yeshua Musa Mayor Satya, State Sen Tim Carpenter, City County Building Let


"The iconoclasm is good for us. It’s a great political issue for the president."

Said an anonymous "senior [Trump] campaign official," quoted in by Josh Dawsey (WaPo). The "crime blotter" material in question is the vandalism aimed at public statues and monuments. And, yes, it makes sense for the Trump campaign to see this as a good issue for them, but they didn't start the unrest and destruction. It strikes me as unfair to say that he's "stoking" any kind of "war," when the protests and attendant violence arose out of police actions in particular cities (cities run by Dem...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Wikipedia, History, Cnn, Manhattan, Bill Bryson, Trump, George Washington, Don, Brinkley, Ambrose, New York Sun, Ann Althouse, Dawsey, Anarchy


"This is the moment for a Rooseveltian approach to the U.K. The country has gone through a profound shock. But in those moments, you have the opportunity to change, and to do things better."

Said Boris Johnson, quoted in "A Surprising Role Model Emerges for Boris Johnson: F.D.R./The British prime minister, trying to regroup in the coronavirus pandemic, wants to bury Thatcherism and embark on a program of ambitious public works" (NYT).Mr. Johnson is a Conservative populist who ran on a platform of pulling Britain out of the European Union and had, until now, modeled himself on Roosevelt’s wartime ally, Winston Churchill....One of [Johnson's] closest advisers, Michael Gove, recently [...
Tags: Europe, UK, Law, America, European Union, Metaphor, Britain, Sculpture, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Fdr, Brexit, Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt


"Bret, you’re the perfect Biden pitchman. Really, you deserve a statue."

Said Gail Collins to Bret Stephens in "Is Statue-Toppling a Monumental Error?/Where you place yourself along the vanguard-to-vandals spectrum says a lot about how you see the past — and the future" (NYT).Here's Stephens's perfect pitch:If Bernie Sanders had been the nominee, I’d be writing in someone’s name.... But the idea that a Biden presidency would be a threat to the Republic is laughable: It would be a return to politics as we used to know it before the proverbial sacking of Rome.My pitch ...
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, History, Metaphor, Rome, Poland, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Stephens, Bret Stephens, Gail Collins, Bret, Ann Althouse, Conservatism, the stop-Trump effort




"Why are you fighting me?"

“Why are you protecting it?!”BLM activist gets into a verbal exchange with an older black guy who was speaking up against tearing the statue down.#emancipationstatue pic.twitter.com/4crUOJhDFP— Sagnik Basu (@_sagnikbasu) June 27, 2020 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Conversation, Protests, Lincoln, BLM, Frederick Douglass, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Destruction Of Art, Sagnik Basu