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March 13, 2019

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Lighthouse at Stora Bält
Anton Melbye

As far as I can tell from the internet, the artist is Danish, has never been arrested, and seems to have an unlisted telephone number.

Seriously, he is a fine example of technical proficiency without much else. His subjects are interesting, which elevates his art somewhat. That sounds like a criticism, and in a way it is, but he dwarfs our current crop of "artists," whose technical proficiency is on par with mine.

Show me that you can draw the human form or a bird in flight or a glorious sunset, and I will take your performance art more seriously. But absent some artistic skill, my sneaking suspicion is that most of these so-called artists are nothing more than frauds without talent, who have invented a school of art that requires nothing more than a good publicist and their old dioramas from 2nd grade.

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posted by CBD at 10:00 AM

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