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December 20, 2016

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SteveGW

Incompetence. Look closely at the bird being flipped and see if you can make any sense of it. For a start it seems to be flipping off back to front.

SteveGW

Also, desir should have an acute over the e.

David

It’s not clear what kind of “intensity” we’re supposed to be experiencing, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t an aesthetic one.

Jamie

Ok, I've read your entire post but I'm not sure I should click on any of the links. I feel I may not like what I see.

Tell Sackett

All these years I thought I was hopeless at drawing, but now I realize I have a "raw drawing style".

Anna

Crap art + vagina! = 'fresh and topical'.

Lisboeta

The so-called artist is 73? How much longer is it going to take her to (a) grow up, and (b) acquire a modicum of artistic ability? She should call it a day and find another, less taxing, pastime.

Jonathan

I imagine these clowns must get terrible muscle strain from patting themselves on the back so hard. The whole exhibition seems entirely predictable, political 'art' whose targets are only those who won't respond with anything more that a weary shake of the head.
Re: Femen, I know it's wrong, but this always gives me a chuckle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivT-I-yxtdY

R. Sherman

Well, I for one am grateful the reviewer translated "Mon Ketchup." We proles here in the hinterlands need that sort of intercultural assistance.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Well that settles it, if my time in Paris is limited, the Louvre and Orsay are off the list and the Marian Goodman on.

The artist, however, has some serious competition as Super Uterus takes on Trump:

Meanwhile, defective uteri are recalled.

Keep uterus away from children...heh.

David

Crap art + vagina! = ‘fresh and topical’.

By the way, if anyone had generously assumed that Ms Massager was just having an off day, and is otherwise heaving with talent and profundity, think again. Despite her limited abilities and their uninteresting results, and despite an apparent indifference to aesthetic standards of any kind, Ms Massager has received several prestigious awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and the Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award.

Crawford

Wasn't there a song called "the ketchup song" done by las ketchup?
If I recall it was in gobbeldygook but had a nice tune.

Almost like the subject at hand, (very) light entertainment but ultimately does not make sense.
Ah, found it on our favourite site https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AMT698ArSfQ

FredCynic

I wish that I could afford to purchase "Mon Ketchup". I'd post it in the women's bathroom of my restaurant just above the sign that says "Employees must wash hands before returning to work."

On a more dignified note, does she make a good living selling her art or is she independently wealthy? She does have some fame after all. I always find the question of who are the art patrons that find her art worthwhile an interesting one.

David

I always find the question of who are the art patrons that find her art worthwhile an interesting one.

Yes, and it’s quite surreal to watch critics, curators and interviewers fawning over the most unremarkable toss. A search of YouTube reveals people claiming to have been “moved” and “inspired” by the tat on offer. (The first 40 seconds or so of this interview are inadvertently comical.) I can’t decide whether these people are delusional or just indulging in role-play and pretending to have feelings that they think they ought to have in order to maintain their imagined status above the likes of thee and me.

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The first 40 seconds or so of this interview are inadvertently comical.

Wow. Someone should loop that.

David

Wow. Someone should loop that.

And it would be indistinguishable from satire.

Sporkatus

Will someone explain to me the rarefied distinctions between "insolence" and "refusing to act like an adult"? As a patriarchal shitlord, I really can't see the point of infantilizing lefty women when they're doing such a fine job already - also, it should be a crime to reach age 73 and the time of second childhood without ever having left the first.

I assume some of these "paintings" are in excess of one foot square? They're eligible for the giant vaginas tag, you know.

Sporkatus

For a start it seems to be flipping off back to front.

The uterus is inadvertently flipping itself off, because it can't resist presenting itself with the analog of a penis, which it secretly desires.

David

I assume some of these “paintings” are in excess of one foot square? They’re eligible for the giant vaginas tag, you know.

The one above, the one giving the finger, looks like it’s a little larger than life size, but does that qualify as giant…? I mean, compared to the others tagged as such, it’s almost petite.

Tim Newman

Well, I for one am grateful the reviewer translated "Mon Ketchup."

I notice the reviewer didn't translate "À mon seul désir" presumably because "mon ketchup" was at the limit of their abilities.

Sporkatus

I mean, compared to the others tagged as such, it’s almost petite.

Probably true, but you don't have an "excessively large vaginas" tag. I'd think anything of around life-size "Hottentot Venus" and up probably should register as giant, but I'm far from an expert.

David

I fear the ice of decency is cracking beneath our feet.

Sporkatus

Might have to bin the decency and just be sufficiently polite for nobody to notice.

PiperPaul

Wow. Someone should loop that.

Want to provide start/stop points? Do you want subtitles? Special effects?

Michael McCallion Sr

Classic art-uh? sculpture? eh_canadiana? WTF? oh well provocatif- oh well Nonhttp://www.ajc.com/news/national/electoral-college-vote-live-updates-state-state-voting/sy5C2hooqtnMG8tEviTATN/

Lisboeta

a crime to reach age 73 and the time of second childhood

Hey! Just be careful where you're casting your ageist aspersions!

David

[ Fetches comfy chair and footstool for Lisboeta. ]

Hopp Singg

She should call it a day and find another, less taxing, pastime.

I don't think she minds as long as she's a tax consumer, which I presume to be the case.

Lionel Ebb

I think the entire exhibition is a recruiting tool for the gay community...

On the other hand, I have seen worse: http://bit.ly/2cEVGnh

Sporkatus

Just be careful where you're casting your ageist aspersions!

Not to say that one *has* to enter a second childhood at 73, just that it's in a word allowed. Mme. Messager, on the other hand, could do so completely unnoticed from her first, with no intervening adulthood. Seems unfair, somehow. Cheating.

DeplorableBritInMontreal

Lisboeta@11.39 - another, less taxing, pastime; how about.... death

SumDumGuy

The uterus is inadvertently flipping itself off, because it can't resist presenting itself with the analog of a penis, which it secretly desires.

It clearly shows the ingrained misogyny inherent in the female persona and the devastating influence of patriarchal ownership of the female form as it pertains to the colonialization of women as strictly a means to a procreative end. Clearly the uterus is flipping itself off because it hates itself and is unaware that it will never live up to the body image forced upon it by capitalism's anti-fem framework.

And don't even get me started on the racial connotations of having all those red, brown, and black art fixtures installed on pristine while walls. Why it's almost as if the oppression of the entirety of wymynxhood is speaking through her, crying out for justice and equality.

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

The white walls of the space are copiously hung,

I'm copiously hung, too, but somehow I don't think Ms. Messenger would consider that art.

Lisboeta

Fetches comfy chair and footstool for Lisboeta

Nothing less than a credit note will assuage that unwarranted ageist slur!

champ

"On a more dignified note, does she make a good living selling her art or is she independently wealthy?"

She is probably supported by the French taxpayers...who would buy that crap?

Hugh Jassol

My patriarchal eye suggests that the uterus is lacking a cervix.

Atempdog

I'm shocked at how insensitive this is to transwomen. This association of femininity with genitalia is regressive. Don't they know that not all feminine women have vaginas ?

Demetrius Longshank Esq

Da white wallz be rasis!

aelfheld

The 'art' 'world' seems to be retrogressing both in technical abilities and in perspective. The Lascaux cave demonstrate a mastery of technique sadly lacking in today's 'art' and 'artists', such as Messager, have an infantile fascination with their own excreta and orifices.

What is more appalling than Messager's 'art' is the deliberate fraud being perpetrated by Nechvatal. No one not confined to Bedlam can honestly make the claims he does.

jones

Any saggy tits?

For research purposes.

Fred the Fourth

Hey, it just occurred to me that these credit notes may have value beyond their face value.
Anybody else remember Don Knuth's promise to readers of the first 3 volumes of The Art Of Computer Programming? The first error reported would get a check for $ 0.01, the second $0.02, the third $0.04 etc.
Apparently, most of the checks were never cashed, as their value as collectors items greatly exceeded their face value. Even the last one, which was (IIRC) written for something on the order of $ 3000.00. (2E19 = $ 2621.44 )

Hal

I fear the ice of decency is cracking beneath our feet.

Here y'are.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

Why why why is the uterus SO FRIGGIN' IMPORTANT to these hackish hags? Oh, and Lena Dunham says she hasn't had an abortion, but wishes she had had one. I hate her, because there are too many "hads" in that sentence. I hate all of these uterus-focused hags, really. It's like, why not get all up in your spleen or your uvula?

Hopp Singg

The uterus is important because it is immutable that the "others" do not have one. This means the uterus owner can be superior despite accomplishing nothing, something they are good at.

David

What is more appalling than Messager’s ‘art’ is the deliberate fraud being perpetrated by Nechvatal.

The bad faith is hard to miss. It almost suggests a dismal co-dependent relationship, the unspoken basis of which is, “You pretend that I’m talented and I’ll pretend that you’re clever for seeing how talented I am.”

JuliaM

"...pushing her ongoing artistic probe of the female body from outside and within..."

*resists urge to yell 'Ooooo, Matron..!*

fnord

"...pushing her ongoing artistic probe of the female body from outside and within.

=====
As they aould say on Archer.....

phrasing!

wtp

Q&J

James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

Your welcome... ;)

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

wtp--ACK.

Deplorable J

Picasso had periods too, but they were better than Messager's.

jic

"[T]he artist really delivered the feminist mayhem she is known for, presenting a series of fresh and topical works that may just as well have come from the mind and hand of an artist half her (73) years."

That's a vast understatement. I know that 'this looks like something a kid did' is the most dull and cliched thing you can say about a piece of abstract art, but her stuff really does look like it was done by a pretentious teenager trying to impress her feminist art teacher.

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