Artist on Artist Insults

What If Bloggers Started Being Honest?

Imagine if these artists were bloggers, they would have only received accolades. It's worse with Facebook. No one can really be honest on their blogs and pages. It's like going to a friend's  house and throwing toilet paper all over. Friends don't do that. That would be impolite and unkind. Here's a list of Artists' insults on Artists from Flavorwire, my favorite cultural news and critique magazine. Now can we start with each other?  Now don't let this list stop your  artistic drivel, I mean drive. Hahahahahahaha!!! It's really not kind to criticize anyone trying to be an artist or curtain designer. DELETEDELETEDELETEDELETE...

1. Andy Warhol on Jasper Johns:
“Oh, I think he’s great. He makes such great lunches.”
2. Salvador Dalí on Piet Mondrian:
“Completely idiotic critics have for several years used the name of Piet Mondrian as though he represented the sum mum of all spiritual activity. They quote him in every connection. Piet for architecture, Piet for poetry, Piet for mysticism, Piet for philosophy, Piet’s whites, Piet’s yellows, Piet, Piet, Piet… Well, I Salvador, will tell you this, that Piet with one ‘i’ less would have been nothing but pet, which is the French word for fart.”
3. Marc Chagall on Pablo Picasso:
“What a genius, that Picasso… It’s a pity he doesn’t paint.”
4. William Powhida on Takashi Murakami:
“…that hack Murakami trying to consume the market whole and ended up designing handbags…”
5. Pierre-Auguste Renoir on Leonardo da Vinci:
“He bores me. He ought to have stuck to his flying machines.”
6. Linder Sterling on Damien Hirst:
“Dead butterflies, cows, horses, humans, sheep, and sharks — it reads like the inventory of a funerary Noah. How many halved calves suspended in formaldehyde does the world need? To my way of thinking, none.”
7. Edgar Degas on Georges-Pierre Seurat:
“I wouldn’t have noticed it except that it was so big.”
8. Joseph Beuys on Marcel Duchamp:“The silence of Marcel Duchamp is overrated. It has become the territory of a few intellectuals, far from the life of people.”
9. Mihail Chemiakin on Voina:
“Many of us can draw a phallus with our eyes closed, but to create something serious? That’s hard, that needs to be studied. Anyone can be an amateur shit-doodling hooligan. It’s unpleasant and casts a shadow on all serious artists.”
10. Frida Kahlo on the European Surrealists:
“They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore… I’d rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ bitches of Paris.”
11. Francis Bacon on Jackson Pollock:
“Jackson Pollock’s paintings might be very pretty but they’re just decoration. I always think they look like old lace.”
12. Willem de Kooning to Andy Warhol (at a party):“You’re a killer of art, you’re a killer of beauty, you’re even a killer of laughter. I can’t bear your work!”
13. Alberto Giacometti on Pablo Picasso:
“Picasso is altogether bad, completely beside the point from the beginning except for Cubist period and even that half misunderstood…. Ugly. Old-fashioned vulgar without sensitivity, horrible in color or non-color. Very bad painter once and for all.”
14.William Blake on Peter Paul Rubens:
“To my eye Ruben’s coloring is most contemptible. His shadows are of a filthy brown somewhat the color of excrement.”
15. Francis Bacon on Henri Matisse:
“I’ve never liked his things very much, except the very, very early things… I loathe them. I can never see what there is to it, with all those squalid little forms. I can’t bear the drawings either — I absolutely hate his line. I find his line sickly.”
16. Banksy when meeting Robbo:
“Never heard of you.”
17. Michelangelo on Raphael:
“Everything he knew, he learned from me.”
18. Salvador Dalí on Pablo Picasso:
“He finished modern art at one blow by outuglying, alone, in a single day, the ugly that all others combined turned out in several years.”
19. J. Alden Weir on the French Impressionists:
“I never in my life saw more horrible things. They do not observe drawing nor form but give you an impression of what they call nature. It was worse than the Chamber of Horrors.”
20. Claude Monet on the French Realists:
“Poor blind idiots! They want to see everything clearly, even through fog!”
21. John Lurie on Julian Schnabel in the painting Hittites Attacking The Schnabel:
“Oh Lord of Gods we must smite the terrible Schnabel.” “Yes, smite the Schnabel.”
22. Andy Warhol on Julian Schnabel (in his diary):
“Julian Schnabel called and said he was coming by with that rock person, Captain Beefheart. And we didn’t want him to, and then I got worried that Julian might have heard what I’d been saying about him — that he goes around to other artists’ studios to find things to copy.”
23. Salvador Dalí on Paul Cézanne:
“I began a happening in New York by announcing in front of three thousand spectators that Cézanne was a catastrophe of awkwardness — a painter of decrepit structures of the past. I was applauded, principally because nobody knew who Cézanne was.”
24. Nicolas Poussin on Caravaggio:
“Carvaggio’s art is painting for lackeys. This man has come into the world to destroy painting.”
25. Titian on Tintoretto:
“He will never be anything but a dauber.”
26. Salvador Dalí on Jackson Pollock’s style:
“…The indigestion that goes with fish soup…”
27.Gustave Courbet on Edouard Manet’s Olympia:
“It’s flat, it is isn’t modeled. It’s like the Queen of Hearts after a bath.”
28. Frederic Leighton on James McNeil Whistler:
“My dear Whistler, you leave your pictures in such a sketchy, unfinished state. Why don’t you ever finish them?”
29. James McNeil Whistler on Frederic Leighton:
“My dear Leighton, why do you ever begin yours?”
30. Anonymous vandal on Shepard Fairey:

Can we even call this art? Seriously?!


martinealison said...

Je ne comprends jamais bien grand chose à ce genre "d'art" si cela en est !... Aurais-je un manque de sensibilité ?...
Gros bisous

Ces Adorio said...

It's the anti-art movement, Martine Alison. The group that believes everyone is an artist. You just have to feel. Hahahahaha! Such drivel.

Anonymous said...

I find this both entertaining and shocking. Poor Warhol. I'm not his number one fan but calling him a killer of laughter is a teeny bit harsh. His hair was hilarious!!

dosankodebbie said...

I know what I like and what I don't like, and sometimes I even know *why* I like/don't like. Whether it's my own or other people's work. There is an awful lot of work that I don't like; there are styles and artists which I go out of my way to avoid. If asked, I will share my like/dislike of a piece. But I do not think it is my place to publicly critique whether or not something is actually Art, especially with clever and cutting words. This is alien to the Etegami tradition. After reading these quotes, I sure am glad I'm part of the Etegami tradition

Ces Adorio said...

Ugh, Debbie, these artists especially the modern one are the arrogant sort. I don't ever think I have heard Georgia O'Keefe publicly insult other artists. I think these artists are the showy type. I mean seriously, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Pollack. I don't think we ever do that in the blogs either. I am very opinionated and I express my feelings very strongly but only when it is positive. I would fell bad if someone did that to another. There are so many illustrators who started sketching and just like me, the early illustrations were painful to see, just like I feel about some of my work. I just don't visit or leave comments. I refuse to lie just to make someone feel good. So I keep quiet.

Ces Adorio said...

Arrogance. Man. I saw Warhol at Studio 54 when I first came to the US. He was a primo don.

dosankodebbie said...

I see. I thought maybe in the West it was considered the professional thing to do-- to rigorously and publicly "critique" the work of other artists. I do see why that could be a good thing for the artist being critiqued, as long as it was in a situation, and with words, that didn't cause the artist to loose face. I feel as you do, that it's better to keep quiet than flatter. A person can usually tell when it's flattery anyway, and it doesn't contribute anything toward encouragement or improved work.

Ces Adorio said...

I think it happens when the artists are selling images of canned tomato soup for millions of dollars. If you notice these are mostly men. The only female insulting other artists is Kahlo but even then, she is complaining about their intellectualization of art and their drivel rather than their actual work. Some artists really like to sport that "artiste" label. Seriously, so much tripping. It is just art.

k.h.whitaker said...

Ha! Where on earth did you find all of these!?! Wow, just wow...

Anonymous said...

That I can imagine. But that was his thing though wasn't it, all bravado, no substance? Ooooo meow

Caroline said...

Ha Ha!! 28 and 29 are my favourites!! Sometimes it's difficult to find something positive to say so usually, like you, I do as Thumper the rabbit from the Bambi film, who's mother's advice was "if you can't say something nice, don't say nuffink at all!" I had a tennis coach once who didn't like the way I was trying to lob the ball and told me "Gee, at your level, I wouldn't bother!" Glad he never saw my art!