Piece Of Art Or Piece Of Shit?

There will be some of you in Mitchieville that remember the piece above all too well. Some of you that do remember the story behind this piece probably just spat on your monitor.

For those of you in the unknow (unknow is a word, you shouldn’t bother looking it up, just trust The Mayor on this one), here is a bit of history behind it:

Voice of Fire is an acrylic on canvas painting made by American painter Barnett Newman in 1967.

The purchase of Voice of Fire by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa for its permanent collection in 1989 at a cost of $1.8 million.

That’s $600,000 per stripe. A steal if you ask me.

The Mayor only remembers portions of 1989, but he certainly remembers the controversy around this painting. I remember what the Canadian public had to say about it, but what say you – is this a piece of art, or a piece of shit?

13 Responses to “Piece Of Art Or Piece Of Shit?”

  1. paul mitchell Says:

    Beach towels are not art.

  2. marc in calgary™ Says:

    This is art. I see a great military medal that could be made with this design.

    Folded in half, a silver medallion hangs from it, a silver bar across the middle for multiple winners.

    “For Liberty” in the face of continually diminishing freedoms in North America, for fighting for freedom from tyranny, we award the medal “For Liberty” which is awarded with an AR-15 and “adequate supplies” and a kiss from a girl, to… marc in calgary.

    *mild restrained / polite applause.
    *girl kisses again, unable to stop…

    sustained sigh.

    (I actually do like it, the original painting was a bit rich though, $1,800,000.)

    A conservatives only medal. Share the love.

  3. Retired Geezer Says:

    Isn’t that the flag of Somalia?

  4. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    First Canadian Army, in 2WW, used a shoulder flash to identify its HQ members/soldiers. This was a red diamond with a blue horizontal stripe through it.


  5. The Mayor Says:

    How many millions did it cost them to design it, J.M.?

  6. alexb Says:

    Being a recent (1972) High School” Art History Graduate”.
    I believe it is Art.
    If you can convince someone to purchase something worthless from you for scads of filthy lucher you are deemed Artfull therfore you are a Artist.
    Hence anything you produce may be termed Art.

  7. Mr Fnortner Says:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I don’t see $1.8 million of beauty in those stripes. Maybe there’s a naked girl behind them we’re just not seeing.

  8. DMorris Says:

    “Mulroney’s Folly” would have been a more appropriate name for it.

    I don’t know what you would call it, BUT it ain’t ART!

    It IS a shining example of the stupidity of the pretentious patrons of “art” who are classically represented in the old children’s tale,”The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

  9. J.M. Heinrichs Says:

    The Gallery was probably trying to copy the Aussies … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Poles
    … but with much less taste and sensibility.


  10. marc in calgary™ Says:

    I find “Blue Poles” pleasing to my palate.

  11. Buck Says:

    Dang. Marc beat me to it. I was gonna say it should be sliced horizontally into eight equal parts and it would look a lot like the US Bronze Star. Well, sorta.

    Dang. That’s what I get for showin’ up late.

  12. The Mayor Says:

    I suppose when it’s all said and done, it’s two blue stripes and one red one in the middle. Right?

    Or am I reading waaaaay too much into it?

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