PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: FREAKING OUT over an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture

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I honest to G-d have no words to describe what I am witnessing. After working in an Egyptian Archaeology museum here in London I have NEVER EVER, NEVER EVER EVER EVER seen ANYTHING like this. Watch this video… you will be spooked. It’s as if an ancient Egyptian’s ka (soul) is coming back to say something?! I’m FREAKING out!!! This is just CRAZY I tell ya.

I would embed the video but every time I tried for some MYSTERIOUS reason it would not publish!!!! (click on VIDEO to watch). I promise this is not a joke.

For more information on what is going on check out the article from The Independent.

XX, DP

Damien Hirst as a PR Fool? “Money Can’t Buy You Class” Mr. YBA

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Pre-Warning: Profanity is in this video. If you get offended easily this may not be for you.

Fabricated. Ridiculous. Mass-produced. Dots. Dots. Dots. And yet, how does the YBA Damien Hirst present himself to the WORLD? Our man Hennessy Youngman says it best:

Do your pose. Strike it. But maybe not like Damien… Regardless of how much money he has… he just looks absurd – and that may even be an understatement. Countess LuAnn from Real Housewives NY sings in her one and only single (thank goodness): “Money Can’t Buy You Class.” Now isn’t that the truth? Damien, take a hint.

Here is her vid incase you missed out on this…

Just saying.

XX,

DP

The Biggest Disappointment: RA Summer Exhibition 2013

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While every year, apparently, people look forward to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition… I can without a doubt say that this show was the BIGGEST disappointment – possibly ever.

I have seen student shows in the states, I have seen student shows at other Uni’s in Europe… but for such an esteemed academy, the work was anything but.

But actually. It was a massive disappointment. The highlights were that of the architectural maquettes – which are for sale; opposed to the six tapestries by Grayson Perry (above) whose tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences (based off of Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress) are aesthetically appealing and visually/mentally time consuming when trying to grasp what is going on, however they are NOT for sale, and take a place on the cover of the book with works sold. I find this quite odd.

Did the RA know that all the works chosen were not so splendid so the work they chose for their cover is a work that is not being sold? I call this FALSE ADVERTISING.

I am not saying all these artists are lacking talent, but their works are heavily derived from per say Manet, Monet, Ellsworth Kelly, Alex Katz, etc. Or they are just plain horrific, and embrace numerous qualities of kitsch (ugh).

If I have no dissuaded you from visiting the show, and I do encourage you to go and have your own opinion, please let me know what you think. I love some great feedback!

XX, DP

The Controversial Chicken? Examining Miguel Suarez’s Performance @ Alberta College of Art and Design

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I have not ranted since my last article on Damien Hirst. Well here I go again…Recently, Professor Gordon Ferguson at ACAD (Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada) was FIRED (seriously a career down the drain over a chicken) after a performance piece by one of his students Miguel Suarez. This piece consisted of the artist taking a CHICKEN and slitting its throat in front of an audience in order to show the visceral act and process of consuming a chicken – maybe it will make you reconsider the conditions in which chickens are kept before they go into our tummys. Now, it might seem a bit strange, it is strange, but ART IS STRANGE.

What BOGGLES my mind is the absolute UPROAR and BACKLASH that the professor and artist received afterwards. Apparently, after the “horrific incident” counselors were brought to the school to consul the witnesses who had to endure this (ohhhhh soo tragic) event. Really, really? How many time’s have we seen in art the cruel realities of life? Between Abramovich cutting herself in various performances in which she purposely mutilated herself and Beuys’ living amongst a pack of wolves – you don’t find that absurd or difficult to understand? Or what about Chris Burden having someone shoot him on purpose? That does not bother you? Would you ever do that to yourself? The whole point is – it is in your control. If you knew this was going to be the performance and did not like the thought of it why did you attend? You could have protested? I’m sure PETA would have. Eh?

Peace Out, K

Party Rock through Art History

The girl who made this video for her AP Art History class has got TALENT. What better way to learn about history? Watch and see why I think this is genius. Now when you come across these ICONIC paintings/sculptures in a museum, you will now know who they are!! LOVE IT!!!

Enjoy my friends.

XX, DP

Apparently This is How To Become Art

At two of the most famous art institutions in London – Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern, these two men decided to take it upon themselves to make themselves into piece of art.

Is it art? Performance art? Installation art? The BEST part about this is that whomever was guarding the rooms at the time was probably just playing their crossword puzzles -in PENCIL obviously, because PENs are forbidden in museums – aka you can’t erase whatever mark it would leave should it fall out of your hands and g-d forbid create something as EXTREME as Yellowism. Or maybe they were just reading their Kindle… Just saying from experience of going to several museums and watching the room attendants – they tend to be in their own world at times.

Lesson of the day – keep your eyes open. Who knows what you will come across???!

XX, DP (@dpayt / @CultureHeARTs)

The 5 Year Old Art Critic: Sunday Funday Verdicts on Art – It’s Weird

To sum up what a five year old sees in art: William de Kooning’s work looks like a man with boobs. Picasso’s Dora Maar looks like HE’s wearing a mask. Pollock’s work looks like graphic drawing. Munch’s The Scream head looks weird. Chagall’s work is too complex for this five year old. And Mona Lisa – well this munchkin is really searching deep. At least her parents are having her learn how to look at art from an early age! You go girl!!!!

XX, DP (@dpayt – Instagram and twitter)

Who Knew Dali Had So Many Talents?

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Just found this FAB clip of DALI on the original “What’s My Line.” Apparently… DALIs a jack of all trades – or so he thinks! Who knew?! Watch and enjoy this good old tv reel clip and have a good laugh. DALI is UNREAL.

What an UNUSUAL guest… but then again, who thought DALI was ever normal? He was just being DALI.

XX, DP

CBS 60 Minutes: A Serious Go At ART – BANTER/RUBBISH

Dear 60 Minutes Man (RIP) – but you need(ed) to go to a museum. You have enjoyed liberties of creative freedom. You had freedom to say what you want on air, artists have liberties, sometimes even SPONSORED by the GOVERNMENT – to create a piece of work in a PUBLIC space – whether you like it or not. You’ve had your 15 minutes of fame – rather 60 minutes… Why not let others enjoy theirs?

P.S. Being a prick does not make you stand out in the art world, it just makes you sound unintelligible and uneducated. How did you get that job at 60 Minutes? CBS please! This is banter. And rubbish. I’m sorry to hear you passed but let this help educate the public.

XX, DP (follow me on TWITTER @DPAYT and Follow @CultureHeARTs)

P.S. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIKE EVERYTHING, AND NOT EVERYONE WILL LIKE YOU – BUT WHY BOTHER PUTTING OTHER PEOPLE DOWN? YOU JUST GAVE THEM AIRTIME AS YOU TRASHED THEM. I’D SAY ANY PUBLICITY IS GREAT PUBLICITY. TAKE THAT – AND GO TO A MUSEUM.