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If the NYT says it's art, that's good enough for me. Let the collectors have at it.
Lee Statue in its current state is the most influential work of protest art since World War II ... and that was done at Pearl Harbor by another diverse group of folks who hated America at the time, but no longer. Period.
It's unfortunate that a newspaper from another city has to recognize this for what it is, while the locals as exemplified here fall all over themselves in denying it. It is what it is, as all art is, in your's and my eye. It is also unfortunate that it all has to go away with the removal of this traitor's icon; I have mixed feelings about its base staying where it is, how it is, but part of me would like in conserved, somehow and somewhere that would be appropriate.
So, according to the NY Times, anyone who ventures over to the Museum district with a can of red spray paint and scrawls some four letter words on The Homeboy On a Horse will then be praised as a local artist??? Defacing city property and destroying historical monuments is NOT art - it is vandalism. Why am I not surprised that our Media cannot tell the difference!
This is not art at all. It is disgusting. Clean it up Stoney.
In less than 48 hours the world saw a priceless image of the glorious work of the Biden dynasty: Hunter Biden butt naked asleep with a Crack pipe. This with the NYThymes, Washington Compost and Communist News Network censoring the offending photos of Hunter Biden. Apparently the Left cant appreciate good art. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
The defacing of the Lee monument is not the right thing to do and has been pure vandalism. But once all the monuments are gone, what are some of the blacks going to blame their troubles on. And in the news a few days ago, a Lincoln monument was knocked over in Portland, Oregon, plus another monument that had nothing to do with slavery.
I am speechless.
OBJECTIVELY I'm inclined to agree with NYT. (As disgusting & insulting the graffiti is.) BUT however this would assign a great deal of *power* to the statue, which the statue never had, nor was intended to have. The Lee Statue was just (one of thousands) of monuments, this particular one being for a courageous Virginian. Nuttin' mo den dat. And therein lies the rub.....that persons suddenly, in 2020, take the monument waaaay out of context.
Glad to hear NYT Style is impressed! This is exciting stuff! All those cities that simply tore down their statues are missing out on all the accolades and honors and the throngs of sightseers that will surely flock here with this important announcement!
I find the statue as it is now thrilling to behold. The joy and energy I feel every time we visit the statue is just as exciting. I’m not a fan of everything The NY Times publishes but they got this right. I’m glad Richmond is receiving the recognition it deserves.
Now that General Lee has been established as a work of art in its present state does that mean he remains?
In addition to putting the Lee Monument on the front page of the NYT, they also had an editorial "End our National Tragedy," that has been viewed over 10 million times. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights:
"Mr. Trump's ruinous tenure has gravely damaged the United States at home and around the world. He has abused the power of his office and denied the legitimacy of his political opponents, shattering the norms that have bound the nation together for generations. He has subsumed the public interest to profitability of his business and political interests. He has shown a breathtaking disregard for the lives and liberties of Americans. He is a man unworthy of the office he holds." Kind of a one-two punch from his former chief of staff, John Kelly (does anyone who has worked for Trump later have anything good to say about him?) "He is the most flawed person I have ever known. The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it's more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life." Yikes! We have bigger issues than a statue.
Lee statue has not been destroyed it has been improved.
Vandalism of other people's property hurts people. That is not "improvement" - it is simply hurt, division, and yes, destruction.
James it is vandalism pure and simple. Praising rioters and looters is wrong.
Awesome! Just visited it. You should see it! All the other slavers' statues are gone and he sits atop more than an acre of callouts and magnificent graffiti--and is surrounded by a photo cemetery of Black men, women, and children who have been wrongly killed by police. It is a direct reflection on the vicious white establishment that so long admired white supremacy reminders along Monument Avenue--and rubbed them in the faces of those whose ancestors suffered through the lashes, beatings, rapes, torture, sadism and hopelessness of slavery.
All people who are white are not slavers, all people who are black are not slaves, and every color in between can be both. History was by definition white supremacist. Stereotypical soundbites are ahistorical, & vandalism does not help anyone nor right wrongs nor change history. It only hurts, hates, & discriminates against more people.
Lee would be so proud if only he was still around to see.
gwennie: now I am positive you have completely lost your mind. Now you're talking to the dead.
fred: please provide proof that police have killed children.
You want proof, Dunlevy? Here's proof:
Your ignorance is exceeded only by your gullibility.
I had no idea such rankings even exited but that they obviously do I am proud that Richmond leads the list. I have maintained since this summer that the Lee Monument has transformed into a significant piece of art, and I would leave it just the way it is, minus, eventually, the statute at top. It is breathtakingly beautiful now, colorful and thought-provoking, just as any art installation strives to be. It could provide a much needed boost to the tourism industry, too. Let's all take a big bow! (Man, I love the NYT, as someone who spends many weeks annually in NYC, I look forward to every edition, and what a surprise I found yesterday. Looking forward to being in Richmond sometime in fall and checking out the monument again. Have not seen it since August.)
Take a good photograph, have it enlarged and framed and you in a corner of the photo would really be impressive, don't you think? Seriously.
Recall the city of New York had real problems with vandalism and its graffiti in the subways. It looked terrible so the truly braindead leaders decided to call it "street art" and actually thank the vandals for their effort. Looks like they are trying to spread their mental garbage here. To actually think the desecration of a public monument is to be praised is a sad commentary on Richmond's society. Sen. Moynihan was correct when he wrote "Defining Deviancy Down" and Richmond is a typical example of the dumbing down of America. Its filth is seeking its own level.
The burning buildings set afire by BLM ANTIFA Anarchists: “Expressionist Art”. The minority owned businesses burned to a crisp: “People matter, minority businesses not so much”. Displaced residents now homeless: “You get the WOKE prize for being part of hystory”.
I am surprised how many white carpetbaggers kids don't appreciate good art. Must be the indoctrination they are getting in school today. Period.
def: ART - the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
usually the artist owns the thing first and tries to sell it or is paid to do it on something someone else owns.
Glad to see we are still lapping up any praise that might drip off the teat of a cosmopolitan publication--serving as a mouthpiece to billionaires--for desecrating and destroying our own city and symbolism of history. Why don't you groveling sycophants of elitist anti-intellectualism and cultural detest go move to New York? Oh, you can't afford to. Let's replicate the policies and mindset here then!
Every time I return to the city or look out of my apartment window or walk down a street or ride the subway, I never fail to feel a jolt of energy, fascination and excitement no matter how many times I do it. There is something stimulating from the mish-mash of people, ideas, appearances and cultures. Diversity is a good thing, as what flows from or though it, is life enriching. I feel sorry for people who do not get to, or are able, to see that. Their loss.
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