Getting too obsessive about kabbalah lately, trying to switch it up for a second. Someone uploaded Sedlmayr to z-library, the historiographer who thought art began to decline a few decades before the French Revolution.
Picasso and Einstein – are there any names with more prestige than those? If you wanted to be audacious you could argue they represent the culmination of this in the spheres of art and science.
And it’s perhaps even more taboo to speak of a “correlation” in the financial sphere.
Painting is a uniquely revealing window into “hypernomianism” and the inversion of Confucius-types
Picasso’s art breaks both with the patterns of nature and with those of antiquity.
Sedlmayr says it has an undeniable expressiveness and power. That’s the danger of art, as was known 2400 years ago in Greece. It’s the use of Beauty to invert the Good. There’s an “art of rhetoric” in this sense too, which is rampant today in the service of hypernomianism. Progs often use virtuous-sounding slogans that are on their surface morally unquestionable.
Wouldn’t you say there is a type of beauty to this inversion?
Here is what a prog actually looks like when they declare something virtuous-sounding
Once you leave the matrix, 20th century paintings look like metaphors for the zeitgeist in general. And since we’re visual creatures foremost (arguably) this is an art that is too often overlooked when trying to understand that zeitgeist.
I think of the thought of Sartre+Beauvoir as one entity for instance. The paintings from their time reveal things about them that you can’t see in their writings.
Sedlmayr frequently refers to the process as “dehumanization”. The humanist ideal is one and the same with the disappearance of the human itself. Or if you want to think of it in more spatial terms, it’s the 3-dimensional logos that has flattened into the 2-dimensional. This has expressions in all fields of culture.
Kill the royalty, kill the aristocracy- and it doesn’t stop there. Beauvoirianism, again, is a fitting example of where it leads. And in the 21st century this has taken even more extreme forms. There is nothing “above”, that is removed, in every form it can take. It’s a form of self-stabbing in that the human itself is removed simultaneously as each form of “above” is removed.
Speaking of brutal, there are all kinds of brutal descriptions in Sedlmayr – this is on Goya
brutally showing us man no longer as something made in the image of God, but as a creature whose humanity has departed from him, showing him then when he is dead, as a thing, a carcass, something men throw away
I should really force myself to immerse in a couple hundred hours of new shows and movies, because this is probably there everywhere – I stopped watching them a few years ago for that general reason. In music this is prominent, beginning in the 60s. The Beatles, that’s another “Picasso”. Or put differently, it’s the “Theory of Relativity” put into beautiful sound.
Some of you econ types probably contemplate how this connects with usury. Money is relative too because it does not accurately reflect labor. “Money made from money” is another sign of the times. Put some of those monsters of Picasso on our currency. I think you’re getting the picture here.
“Who’s GOOD though, who’s GOOD?” Sedlmayr! Radical historiography of painting is better than paintings in my opinion.
This is just a random, typical section-header from him
He was clearly writing in a “Schopenhauerian” climate. That’s not really a living tradition anymore. Pessimism is for fascists.
You might be surprised that this section is on Caspar David Friedrich, something of a sacred cow. Sedlmayr pins a lot of the responsibility for cultural dissolution on Kant too, you really have to hand it to him for how thoroughgoing his hatred and suspicion is. I’ll just go ahead and tell you what this is about, okay? Sedlmayr is the Hitler of art history. He IS the guy, if that’s something you’re interested in.
If you can google image “degenerate art” and don’t feel like throwing up you probably have a problem in the ordering of your soul.
You can use visual depictions like that to better understand the WORDS OF LIVING PEOPLE. When they speak, and you have one of those paintings to visualize for reference, it all starts to make sense.
The human doesn’t really exist in many people. It’s some kind of melted vessel that is spoiled the way food can be spoiled. That is a flattering way to put it too- where words fail, paintings reveal.
I saw some Klee paintings recently, just pure ugliness. You can tell something important about someone’s character by what paintings sicken them. If you find beauty in trash art you probably support something like CRT too, these things go together. Likewise, Trusting the Plan of the Shylocracy requires a dim faculty of judgment. Know how to spot these types, they look like a Picasso painting when you see them for who they truly are.