” ‘In regards to your request, the museum cannot responsibly comment on this subject as art, as it was not President Bush’s public submission, but a breach of his private communications which is equal to theft,” said the museum in a statement.’ “
That statement, pulled from a Huffington Post story about former President George W. Bush’s hacked emails and artwork, came from Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum. American Visionary features “fantastic” art, “art produced by self-taught individuals.” The statement responds to Huffington on whether Bush’s artwork could be considered outsider art. Asked to weigh in, the museum appears to be one of the few queried art entities resisting temptation to comment on Bush’s paintings; most art critics and officials are acting as if the works were new found Banksy buillon.
The paintings do appear to be rather good~~though it’s impossible to qualify art’s value without seeing it with your own eyes. It’s massively fascinating to know our former President, often perceived as disconnected from reality, painted self-portraits (in the manner he did) of himself in the shower and bath. No matter the quality, how BIG would those paintings be if they went up for sale? The story and the hacking has made them valuable.
A friend suggested I write about the paintings, and I replied I didn’t feel comfortable doing so for the reasons the American Visionary Art Museum put forward. Dang it, here I am doing it anyway! Art is highly personal, psychoanalytical, autobiographical and endlessly intriguing. But Bush’s art is his personal stuff. If we walk into someone’s house, take their stuff without asking, then put the stuff before the eyes of the world…that is theft. Easy to do nowadays, but still theft.
It’s a bit of a leap, but I was certain Shepard Fairey would get the book thrown at him. He seized someone else’s property without permission, falsified his story and ended up paying $25,000 in fines.
“Flavor Hacking: Adventures in Molecular Gastronomy,” Culture Front’s February live discussion theme, is not about that!
It’s about food artist (and journalist) Kevin Huelsmann’s personal approach to food presentation, a true art form. He will, according to Culture Front’s Meg Daly, discuss food’s appearance, how we experience the way it looks and tastes, and “delve into the relationship between art and food preparation, examining whether or not such a relationship exists.”
The Rose, where Culture Front’s forum takes place, would certainly say a relationship exists. Their raison d’etre is specialty drink presentation, bespoke mixology and fully divine cocktails. MolecularRecipes.com defines molecular gastronomy as “the science of cooking,… a new style of cuisine in which chefs explore [fresh] culinary possibilities in the kitchen by embracing sensory and food science, borrowing tools from the science lab and ingredients from the food industry and concocting surprise after surprise for their diners.” Ignite!
Daly is dialing up Huelsmann’s “DIY attitude of doing things differently,” deconstruction and recombining food’s elements in unexpected ways. Expect to participate, says Daly. Expect to receive Huelsmann’s enthusiasm and surprises. Expect delight! Expect a fine extension of Culture Front’s mission to stimulate conversation about contemporary art and creativity.