Monday, April 17, 2006

PICASSO




What do you think an artist is? An imbecile who has only eyes, if he is a painter, or ears if he is a musician, or a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he is a poet, or even, if he is a boxer, just his muscles? Far from it: at the same time, he is also a political being, constantly aware of the heartbreaking, passionate, or delightful things that happen in the world, shaping himself completely in their image. How could it be possible to feel no interest in other people, and with a cool indifference to detach yourself from the very life which they bring to you so abundantly? No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war.

PABLO PICASSO

5 Comments:

Blogger Joe Don Martin said...

I love the concept of the artist as warrior- but that just could be me longing for a reputation as more than "effete", "aesthete", or "french sheep in mid-bleat"(which is to say "homosexual"- not that there's anything wrong with that). What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the conjunction of art/politics. Music is a much more powerful tool than either the written word or the splattered canvas but one must be careful when mixing the intellectual with the guttural or the end result is too preachy, too dry- hence Flavor Flav's inanity to counterbalance the stentatorian Chuck D or the muscular low-end relentlessness of the riffs underpinning Zack's rants, shrill and annoying taken by themselves, with Rage Against the Machine.
Now, apparently, Neil Young's got a new song coming out called "Impeach the President"
In case anyone is wondering, Hemingway was a pussy.

4:27 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

I am inclined to defend painting and literature against your assertion Joe, but then I think of John Lennon. But Steinbeck and Van Gogh influenced me tremendously. Can't wait for the new Neil Young... Hemingway had issues, but I enjoyed several of his books....

6:00 PM  
Anonymous WhattheH said...

Joe, I agree that music can be a tremendous influence, but do not underestimate the power of print or paint. Orwell wrote, what I think, is one of the most influential novels in 1984. If you read Tolkein, his few novels were anti-war. Rockwell, Wyeth, and so many more painters detailed the consequences of war, and they were visual and oh so powerful. Once television took over, most artists moved on to other concerns. Now that television is owned by the Corporations, I wish they were all back in force, to present the visuals in a way that Picasso understood, that is visceral, that can be understood by the heart and not just by a 3 second sound bite orchestrated by Faux news, or the other so called neutral media all owned by conglomerates who are more interested in profits than truth. Maybe then.....

6:13 PM  
Anonymous WhattheH said...

P.S. I have posted in the past that I wondered where the Pete Seegers, Peter Paul and Mary, Arlo Guthries et al were. But then I remembered that most of the music production facilities are owned by the same folks who own the media, I'm heartened to see that Neil Young is stepping up and making a statement, because with his name, stature and talent, perhaps others will come forward with more fervour.

6:18 PM  
Blogger durrati said...

Hi, whatheheh,

I don't feel qualified to comment on the current music scene, I am sure there are many fine young artists that I simply have not heard. I know there are many who are not shy about their politics, but I cannot quote them.....

6:35 PM  

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