the king (of contemporary art) is naked and it is time to claim it? really?

a month ago, Luc Ferry (a French philosopher and former education minister) denounced in Le Figaro “these temples of ignorance that are the regional contemporary art funds (FRAC)” and, in general, public subsidies in favour of contemporary art.

“The truth, he wrote, is that state aid often allows vulgar impostures to be considered as masterpieces.”

He continued further:

– some artists repeat and rehash ad nauseam, one hundred years later, but with no courage and thanks to taxpayer money, what Marcel Duchamp had already done a thousand times at a time when, at least, he ran the risk to “shock the bourgeois”.

– Let’s face it: if these disgusting things were in the lobby of my building, I would ask my caretaker to call urgently the City public services to get rid of it.

– Those who want to buy this kind of artwork are free to do so, it is their choice, but, please, may them do it with their own money! Some snobbish and ignorant people could agree to buy this junk for a golden price, but it is unacceptable that they pay it out of “our” pockets on behalf of their aberrant conception of culture. Reading these lines, the “Red Guards of contemporary art” will cry fascism. Whatever, the king is naked and it is time to claim it.




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