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This is really funny. Max Blumenthal sent it along as “the most creative slam of Zionism ever.” And while I’d like to include it in my brief that Zionism is becoming a dirty word, that would be a stretch.

Activist/scholar/jester Max Geller was invited on to the WGN TV set in Chicago because he is organizing a protest against the over-inclusion of Pierre Auguste Renoir paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago. The anchors joshed with Geller about why he cares. Because, he explains:

Renoir sucks as a painter…

What gives museums a right to peddle this treacle?…

Yes, in real life trees really are beautiful, but if you just took Renoir’s word for it it would just be a collection of disgusting green squiggles and nobody needs to see that.

Geller gets a little more serious: The Art Institute should sell these Renoirs “and instead buy some art that is painted by women or painted by people of color.” Curators should be “intentional” about who they put on their walls.

“But why not let the free market dictate whose paintings are good or not?” asks the male anchor. Geller:

When we let the free market dictate things we get things like climate change, things like the prison industrial complex, like Zionism, and the destruction of sea otter habitat.

The female anchor jumps in. “Let’s stick with Renoir though. I’m curious why him and not Monet…”

Geller crossed a red line with the reference to sea otter habitat!

Here’s #RenoirSucksatPainting.

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  1. hophmi
    hophmi
    October 27, 2015, 10:50 am

    Ah, such idiocy is priceless.

    So, anti-Zionist equals anti-Renoir and anti-free market, and Zionism is a function of the free market.

    I just can’t understand why you people can’t break into the mainstream in the United States.

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      October 27, 2015, 6:14 pm

      “So, anti-Zionist equals anti-Renoir and anti-free market, and Zionism is a function of the free market.”

      Hophmi, get a bottle of Geritol. You are suffering from irony-poor blood.

  2. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    October 27, 2015, 11:24 am

    “Geller crossed a red line with the reference to sea otter habitat! ” A good one! Perceptive!

    BTW, nice there is another Geller to think about.

  3. annie
    annie
    October 27, 2015, 12:12 pm

    i love that he squeezed zionism in there with global warming and the prison complex. way to go max! sea otters — maybe he’s right.

  4. RoHa
    RoHa
    October 28, 2015, 2:23 am

    Nice to see him condemn Zionism, and manage to squeeze it in to the broadcast.

    “When we let the free market dictate things we get things like climate change,”

    That’s a silly thing to say. Even if the “man-made CO2 causes climate change” conjecture were true*, the free market is not the culprit. It is not currently possible for a modern, industrial, economy to run without producing CO2, regardless of whether the production is mediated by a free market or a planned economy.

    (*Of course, the available evidence suggests it isn’t.)

  5. RoHa
    RoHa
    October 28, 2015, 2:28 am

    ‘Geller gets a little more serious: The Art Institute should sell these Renoirs “and instead buy some art that is painted by women or painted by people of color.”’

    Women and “people of colour” can paint just as badly as Renoir. Why not buy some good paintings, regardless of who painted them?

    (And, whatever his other failings, Renoir could paint hats. That was the most important skill for a nineteenth century artist.)

  6. Another Dave
    Another Dave
    October 28, 2015, 9:43 am

    I’ve never heard of him before. I’ve heard of bozos who like to complain about the art that others have created. For the most part none of them have an imaginative bone in their bodies, whoever he is, he is a pitiable man.

    Art, that ability to see meaning in a squiggle or two, is the thing that makes us human. That is the thing that separates us from the beasts of the fields, imo anyhow.

    Is he related to Pamela?

  7. eljay
    eljay
    October 28, 2015, 10:14 am

    … When we let the free market dictate things we get things like … Zionism …

    Zionism and its “Jewish State” project exist thanks to massive political, financial, military and economic intervention and support.

    Not very “free market” at all.

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