When contemplating art one naturally thinks of great artists such as Picasso, Monet or Matisse. One might consider contemproary artists who are at their peak and in the news. Damien Hirst perhaps or Tracey Emin. All of these are worthwile and while originals will be only atainable by the very rich reproductions are readily available.
So why buy original art?
The answer lies in the nature of fame. The mass media and technology allow the production of practically identical replicas creating a “winner take all” society. A society in which Michael Jackson is a global star while a performer of comparable ability may be unknown.
While not necessarily wrong this is not a true representation of art. An artwork’s merit is not a function of the artist’s fame. Picasso was influenced by suposedly primitive art yet his work is worth millions and the primitive art work is practically worthless.
It would be presumtious to define art but any definition must recognise that art is a cultural phenomena. Art is like a river running through society. Art draws influence from everyone and everyone is influenced by art. The work of Picasso cannot be divorced from his environment. Rather his work is embedded in his environement.
When one buys a reproduction one obtains a great work but limits oneself to that layer of art which the establishment deems great. When one buys an original one throws off this limitation.
By collecting orignal art one makes a personal statment and contributes to art as a whole.
The criteria for collecting orignal art is simple:
British Airport Authority have said that no reception should be held for the returning British Olympics men and women because of concerns for health and safety. This is consultant speak for “we’re to mean to fork out for organising this”. Instead we’re told that fans should wait for the official reception in October!
Britain has won the most medals ever in a century but some pen pushing bureaucrat thinks we should all wait until October to welcome the athletes home.
I just saw on the TV that in fact there is a reception being held at Heathrow but it consists of a grinning Gordon Brown.
The Man On The Radio (TMOTR) says that events are going on in London to mark London as the location of the next Olympics:
“While in Hackney there is a Street Party with an 1940s theme”
A 1940s theme!? What the hell have the 1940s got to do with The bloody Olympics? Nothing. The truth is that whenever the British get patriotic they think of the second world war. Any time we try to think of something we’re proud of we have to go back to the bloody war. Churchill famously said that “this was there finest hour” and in one sentence he condemned Britain to constantly look over it’s shoulder at past glory. This is why every bloody Christmas we have to sit through Escape to Victory or The Great Escape on TV. The Lancaster bomber is just as much a symbol of British Christmas as a bloody Christmas tree.
But WW2 is over. It’s finished. Give it up. We’ll meet a – bloody – gain. Blue birds over the white bloody cliffs of bloody Dover. It’s OVER.
Is the 1940s to be the theme of the London Olympics?!!! Are we to have the officials dressed as bloody RAF pilots and the athletes with tin hats? NO!
It seems that there is to be a Gay Pride festival in Belfast. The thought of a lot of gay, bowler hated Ulsterman marching and shouting through the streets is enough to strike fear into anyone’s heart but to stir things up Iris Robinson MP has branded homosexuality “an abomination” and urged gay people to “seek a cure”.
The Abomination is a character from the Marvel comic books. Originally, Emil Blonsky, a KGB agent becomes the Abomination after deliberately exposing himself to a greater quantity of the same gamma radiation that transformed Bruce Banner into the Hulk.
If homosexuality is an abomination that can be cured then is The Abomination gay and can he be cured?
He doesn’t look overtly gay but like the Hulk he must long for a cure. Can Ms. Robinson offer him this?
On the other hand both Bruce Banner and Emil Blonsky are top scientists and perhaps they can treat Ms. Robinson with gamma radiation and melt that tight lipped, mean spirited face of hers.
Please vote in the poll below and let me know if you regard The Abomination as gay.
It would be great if Marvel comics did a story with Ms. Robinson battling The Abomination. If anyone can do this then email me and I’ll produce it here.
On the BBC, Radio 4’s Any Questions program on Friday evening Lord Hattersley advocated a windfall tax on the oil companies.
The British government is already receiving a windfall from the increase in oil prices. Firstly through the increased prices at the pump and secondly through the sale of North Sea oil. I think it was the BBC who reported recently that oil is the biggest contributor to the British exchequer.
It’s worth noting that Gordon Brown has been hectoring the oil companies to invest more money in extracting oil from the North Sea.
When demand for a resource or commodity is greater than supply the price goes up. This enables companies to invest more and new companies find it worthwhile to get into the market. This helps adjust the disparity between supply and demand and bring prices down. By double taxing profits the government will restrict the ability of oil companies to invest. This is basic economics.
New Labour portray themselves as business literate but clearly they don’t really understand how free market capitalism works.
It’s also interesting that Lord Hattersley raised the question of pensions in regard to oil tax. I have Shell shares in an ISA which I intend to be my pension. Most people will have Shell or BP in their pensions funds. Double taxing oil companies will reduce the value of the pensions of millions of people.
The government are already receiving far too much money from oil and a windfall tax will only do harm to millions of people’s pensions.
If they are really concerned about pensioners why don’t they take some of the extra money they are already receiving from oil and give it back.