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Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), a Ukranian poet and artist with religious status, was invoked during the Maidan revolution, which has sought to unite Ukraine with ‘Western values,’ as one Jesuit put it.
Various religious leaders, including Catholics, supported the coup in Kiev, calling it a liberation movement—invoking God, prayer, and the Virgin Mary, as protesters forced Viktor Yanukovych from office, which seems somewhat disingenuous given how un-Christian Western values and the revolutionary movements have become.
Western values have historically been linked with Nature and Truth. Today the West is in revolt against both.
Our bold digital age, driven by egos and algos, is producing an endless stream of patients and perps — inverted and empowered. The resulting pathology needs healthy doses of truth, charity, and human solidarity.
If the St. Patrick’s Parade organizers are truly guided by the spirit of St. Patrick, they might consider letting the LGBT community march openly in next year’s parade.
It takes a village to recover reality, and advance the healing (of persons and society), so needed in the US.
In trying to marginalize the ‘degenerate’ artists of his day, and seduce his nation, Hitler winds up channeling Dorian Gray and revealing his own degeneracy — and that of the Nazi project.
Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) Poster with Self-Portrait for Der Sturm magazine, 1910
Adolf Ziegler (1892-1959) The Four Elements
People paid to throw tomatoes at this man, reading Nietzsche, at the Fountain Art Fair today—which might be seen as progress given that many Americans, and their leaders, are emulating Nietzsche’s insane thinking, whether they know it or not.
“What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? Everything that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. Not contentedness but more power; not peace but war; not virtue but fitness.” Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900)
The Armory Show, which runs through Sunday March 9, features 205 galleries from 27 countries. This year’s focus is on China, and includes 17 established and emerging galleries.
Gallery Yang, from Beijing, is presenting an installation by Liang Shuo (bottom photo). We are told that the work is commentary on the “disorientation” Liang Shuo felt on his return to China, after spending some time in Amsterdam.
Photographs: Stephen Wise