|All over Taunton - Paint a dragon - Why?|
Below are all illustrations of the degenerate and sad state of our public art, needless to assert they all lack a commitment to aesthetics, taste or even sense. Inclusion is all, as is the dumb assertion that anything purporting to be art is good, but is any of this old garbage good for you?
The first one is this commemoration of WW1 - an effete waste of time on all counts:
"Emmanuel is therefore following in the footsteps of Ernst and Picasso, who witnessed the war's sad impact on France, in mourning the vulnerable bodies of a lost generation." Complete guff from Jonathan Jones, the artist is not following in anyone's footsteps, he is posting some poor and tasteless photos printed on cloth in Flanders fields. More and more have become convinced that the man who said that the Guardian is a comic is right. Compare Emmanuel's effete efforts with this work of an adult!
WW1 entertainment art mockery continues with the coloured painting of the Edmund Gardiner in Liverpool's Albert dock. Another is the extremely boring and pointless Folkestone WW1 memorial arch, it has no link with WW1 whatsoever, it's just municipal hubris.
Then there is a dead parrot in Greenwich, homage to Monty Python?
The line of sculptures from the Olympic stadium to the O2 arena, where ACE will only consider the usual suspects and sponsored by the Mayor of London. Gary Hume, the Martin Creed, His Hirstness and Thomson and Craighead so far been accepted. Same old, same old story of state art inclusion and exclusion of talent.
Sydney Australia is to get a candidate for the worst piece of public art ever created by a Japanese architect a major piece of hubris.
Lighthearted divertion of Chinese man getting stuck in rude and crude sculpture by Fernando la jara.
Desperate (literally) Dan sculpture in Dundee, more wasted public money. What kind of sensibility is required to preserve a kids comic book character in Bronze - truly we live in desperate times.
Lastly for now, (there could be a book in this) is the most appalling piece of really really useless crap sculpture I have ever seen, in Cambridge and known as the Don! Even the artist disowned it!
"It's high time for the art world to admit that the avant-garde is dead. It was killed by my hero, Andy Warhol, who incorporated into his art all the gaudy commercial imagery of capitalism (like Campbell's soup cans) that most artists had stubbornly scorned."