Nothing says precarious like $100,000

The Ramsay Art Prize winner: “Edges of excess speaks to the precarity of our times.”

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24 Responses to Nothing says precarious like $100,000

  1. Professor FredLenin says:

    These people are taking the wee wee , Art? Come on man !as the old corrupt child moeaster would say ,defund them make them get a real job .

  2. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Sohrab Ahmari wrote about this ugliness and nonsense in a book called The New Philistines, Provocations. It’s a very good read.

    C.L. and other Cats who might be interested. Sohrab Ahmari, a Roman Catholic convert, sat down in the last week with Yoram Hazony of National Conservatism to talk about Ahmari’s new book, faith and how the world needs tradition and a robus conservatism. It’s a very, very good discussion and worth listening to.

  3. Roger says:

    Modern art is a con.

    Picasso said as much but the quote seems to have been wiped from the interwebs.

  4. Graham says:

    All that money ultimately derived from boot polish. That’s how the Ramsays made/inherited their money. They gave tens of millions of it to the Art Gallery of South Australia and to a foundation.

    It is now being pissed up against the wall in the name of modern art.

    Personally if I had that money I would have left it to the Salvos instead – a much better use.

  5. Arky says:

    It always comes back to vaginas with chicks.
    It’s why when they “do’ science they almost always pick biology, the word itself calls to them like some primordial string stretching back through the eons to their vaginas.
    Art. Vaginas.
    Science. Vaginas.
    Economics. Vaginas.
    Sport. Vaginas.
    They are like the 12 year old boys who draw dicks all over every available surface until they grow out of it. Only chicks never do.

  6. jupes says:

    It is now being pissed up against the wall in the name of modern art.

    No probs if it is their money and that is what they wanted done with it. Far better than taxpayer’s money being thrown at this garbage.

  7. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “No probs if it is their money and that is what they wanted done with it. Far better than taxpayer’s money being thrown at this garbage.”

    Agree…although a lot is taxpayer funded…through such government organisations like the Australia Council.

  8. johanna says:

    ‘Modern art’ is an exercise to see how far the bounds of credulity can be stretched.

    It reminds me of the hoaxers who submit nonsense to allegedly reputable journals to test just how gullible they are. Sadly, they fall for it every time.

    I’m not saying that art shouldn’t evolve – the space photo recently posted on this site is art, IMHO. There are some awesome painters and sculptors out there, including many who work in non traditional ways.

    Displaying a steaming turd for shock value is not art, but artifice.

  9. Delta A says:

    “Edges of excess speaks to the precarity of our times. It is a visceral portrait of both wellness and anxiety,” he said.

    “It is a work full of contradiction.”

    It (and the judges) is full of bs.

  10. JohnJJJ says:

    If you ever want to annoy your friends, go to an art exhibition, get the book with the artist’s explanations ( every ‘work’ has a lot), stand in front of some weird concoction of junk and cloth and read the wrong one to your mates. It works every time for a laugh – but I tell them later. Sculpture by the Sea is always a scream.

  11. JohnJJJ says:

    “Dr Cunningham described the work as conceptually rigorous and technically resolved with an inventive approach to materials…It is a work full of contradiction” Soooo true. Fabulous. Thank you Dr (?). I’ll use that for the next concoction I see or maybe just dinner tonight.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    10cc sang it best.

    10cc – Art For Arts Sake

  13. PB says:

    Fine choice Bruce. Fine choice

  14. RobK says:

    Edges of excess….is that about the tats?

  15. TBH says:

    10cc sang it best.

    10cc – Art For Arts Sake

    They were some sharp geezers, 10CC.

  16. WolfmanOz says:

    In Jean Cocteau’s film Orphee the poet asks what he should do. ‘Astonish me’, he is told.

    Very little of modern art does that, certainly not in the sense that a great work of art can make you wonder how its creation was accomplished by a mere mortal.

  17. notafan says:

    I’m not even going to look.

  18. calli says:

    “It is a work full of contradiction.”

    Of course it is.

    It’s crap and we, the public, object to paying for it.

    Thus contradicting the judges and artist who are full of it.

  19. caveman says:

    Edge of excess

    Shows how fragile mans existentialism is and the of dichotomy of influence that juxtaposes a conflict of the rational being.
    A very cheap purchase.

  20. C.L. says:

    10cc sang it best.

    10cc – Art For Arts Sake

    Dire Straits’ In The Gallery is one of the best takes on the ‘art’ world.

  21. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    speaks to the precarity of our times

    The correct term is “idiocy”, you yartiste.

  22. C.L. says:

    Thanks, Cassie.
    I’ll check that Ahmari/Harzony video out tonight.
    Much appreciated.

  23. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Still working my way through the paintings at
    The entire stash of paintings can be accessed and many can be embiggened for detail. Other treasures are also accessible. An excellent chance that no poseur’s pretentiousness, like that abortion of a thing, should invade my screen from a site with such an untold wealth of

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