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Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Is Degenerate Art

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Is Degenerate Art seems bent on proving that if you don't have an original thought in your head the best way to ameliorate the situation is to glom onto pop cultural and hold on for dear life. We love to name drop the Canon and obscure artistic movements too and lord knows that we rely on Baudrillard too much to help us grapple with the mind fucks of fashion but Castelbajac saying that Jeff Koons is his kunst makes us want to slap him. Entartete Kunst or degenerate art was called as such by the Nazis because they viewed it as elitist, morally suspect, and too often incomprehensible. We never thought we would say this but we are sort of on the Nazi side here. Throwing together some Disney, name dropping Koons and then likening it to an act of social courage like the original Dada, cubist and surrealist artists is just plain presumptuous. And yes we happen to think its morally suspect as well. A melange of pop cultural references is not artistry and attempting to trick viewers into believing it is a fool's errand. Castelbajac is no Takashi Murakami or Jeff Koons either. And frankly we view those artists with a little bit of suspicion ourselves. What do they say about art being dead again?

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