- By Roger Kimball

The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art

  • Title: The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art
  • Author: Roger Kimball
  • ISBN: 9781594031212
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Rape of the Masters How Political Correctness Sabotages Art Colleges and universities used to teach art history to encourage connoisseurship and acquaint students with the riches of our artistic heritage But now as Roger Kimball reveals in this witty and prov

    Colleges and universities used to teach art history to encourage connoisseurship and acquaint students with the riches of our artistic heritage But now, as Roger Kimball reveals in this witty and provocative book, the student is less likely to learn about the aesthetics of masterworks than to be told, for instance, that Peter Paul Rubens great painting Drunken Silenus isColleges and universities used to teach art history to encourage connoisseurship and acquaint students with the riches of our artistic heritage But now, as Roger Kimball reveals in this witty and provocative book, the student is less likely to learn about the aesthetics of masterworks than to be told, for instance, that Peter Paul Rubens great painting Drunken Silenus is an allegory about anal rape Or that Courbet s famous hunting pictures are psychodramas about castration anxiety Or that Gauguin s Manao tupapau is an example of the way repression is written on the bodies of women Or that Jan van Eyck s masterful Arnolfini Portrait is about middle class deceptions and the treatment of women Or that Mark Rothko s abstract White Band Number 27 parallels the pictorial structure of a pieta Or that Winslow Homer s The Gulf Stream is a visual encoding of racism In The Rape of the Masters How Political Correctness Sabotages Art, Kimball, a noted art critic himself, shows how academic art history is increasingly held hostage to radical cultural politics feminism, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, the whole armory of academic antihumanism To make his point, he describes how eight famous works of art reprinted here as illustrations have been made over to fit a radical ideological fantasy Kimball then performs a series of intellectual rescue operations, explaining how these great works should be understood through a series of illuminating readings in which art, not politics, guides the discussion The Rape of the Masters exposes the charlatanry that fuels much academic art history and leaks into the art world generally, affecting galleries, museums and catalogues It also provides an engaging antidote to the tendentious, politically motivated assaults on our treasured sources of culture and civilization.

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    1. Roger Kimball's stringent condemnation of contemporary art criticism. The Rape of the Masters is essentially a series of pathological notes on the virulent subordination of art to sociopolitical agenda by the academic art establishment. The particulars of the disease involve: (1) aggrandizement of the spurious or trivial and, (2) the de(con)struction of traditional aesthetics. The act of observation and historical analysis is replaced by walls of structural text on which charlatans hang their in [...]

    2. Tis is the first and only time i have ever laughed reading an art history book! Kimball has such an amazing approach to loooking at art and calling his fellow art historians out on their bs! Read it! You'll love it!

    3. in the twentieth century, art became political. ideas of quality and beauty were abandoned. the only thing that mattered was if a piece furthered an agenda. as the ideologies became more pointless and illogical, art struggled to keep up. this is bad enough, but now these new nihilistic ideas of art criticism are being applied retroactively as far back as the renaissance. kimball collects some of these more insane reviews. as funny as it is, these people are the reason "fine artist" has become an [...]

    4. I am only half way through this and its frickin' amazing. "The imaginary point of view is more important and in the end more real than the point of view discerned with one's eyes" ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    5. Kimball is brilliant. Hes succinct, articulate, and backs up his arguments with solid, honest intellectual criticism. He exposes all the "nouveau" historians for what they are,a bunch of self absorbed no nothings who love to hear themselves pontificate, and spew sophistry to no end.

    6. Absolutely hilarious. Your knowledge of art history will definitely increase, in a good way, without a ton bullshit about phallic symbols, menstrual blood and sexuality when you read this book

    7. Found the analysis of the art interesting and the commentary about political correctness tedious (tho I agreed).

    8. Este libro merece un comentario largo. Sobre todo por respeto al propio autor, ya que se trata de un libro, ante todo, polémico. Da lucha abiertamente a una corriente de estudios académicos y trapea el suelo con ciertos textos, con nombres y apellidos.Empezando por el título, empezamos mal. "La profanación del arte: de como la corrección política sabotea el arte" o en inglés simplemente "The Rape of the Masters". De los siete capítulos del libro, dedicados a siete críticas de "maestros" [...]

    9. Killing of ArtAmazing. Similar to the "Killing of History," showing how similar tactics are applied in the art world. Illustrates how modern art historians and interpreters are engaged in replacing actual experiencing of art with theories of art, political relevance, the commentator's free associations - in short, with text, rather than visual response and contemplation of the actual presentation.A related goal of the intelligentsia of this ilk is to present emotions as superior to the intellect [...]

    10. My review at examiner/article/you-dYOU DIDN'T THINK THATIn The Rape of the Masters: How Political Correctness Sabotages Art, Roger Kimball selects a handful of paintings to show how post-modern art critics invent meaning to suit their own political agenda, or to fit current fashionable theory necessary to their academic careers.The chapter on Mark Rothko most easily and obviously makes Kimball's point. The painting in question, "Untitled, 1953," is not the one linked here but is very similar, an [...]

    11. El FCE lo publicó este año con el título "La profanación del arte". 170 páginas en contra de las payasadas que escriben los críticos de arte para no tener que hablar de arte. Muchos de los ejemplos que usa Kimball se parecen a lo que encuentras en cualquier mal catálogo de una exposición. Otros son casi irreales, como lo que hace David M. Lubin con una pintura de Sargent (es prácticamente el chiste de Pepito, el elefante y la víbora).

    12. I found the author to be hypocritical. He makes some good points, but stretches it at times. About half of the book must have been verbal abusing (oftentimes unfairly brutal) of those he was trying to prove wrong. He trys to impress to much.Right idea. Wrong tactic.

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