Sunday, May 16, 2021


 Nude on a Yellow Sofa is a 1926 painting by Henri Matisse.

Now we start getting into the "is that art?" side of things. Claes Oldenberg created Bedroom Ensemble in 1963. Is it artistic? Yes. Do I like it? No.

And then there's Andy Warhol. Here we have Brillo Soap Pads Boxes, from 1964. Sorry. This isn't art. And Warhol wasn't an artist. A git, a prat, and a wanker, but not an artist.

This, on the other hand, I like. You Have Left The American Sector is a contemporary work by Canadian artist Ron Terada, dating to 2005, in one of the contemporary arts galleries adjoining the world galleries.


  1. Art can be tricky sometimes. Oldenburg was very famous over here back in the day. Oh, and if you Google Brillo, Sweden and scandal you are in for an interesting read.

  2. Hello,
    It is an interesting and strange exhibit.
    Have a great day and a happy new week!

  3. I suppose that art will never be definitively identified as such since so much subjectivity surrounds it and every piece is unique.

  4. Installation art is a different ball game altogether. Out of the box.

  5. ...Brillo as art, Andy Warhol sure knew how to make a buck!

  6. Okay, I don't like the bedroom scene either.

  7. Unique art ~ not a fan of either the painting or the bedroom stuff ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Some of these pieces are meant to push boundaries. I'm wondering how many people actually like them.

  9. @Stefan: I looked. Weird!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @David: true.

    @Magiceye: it is.

  10. @Tom: indeed.

    @Anvilcloud: yes.

    @Sharon: just weird.

    @Carol: the painting I like.

    @Red: one wonders.

  11. I last passed that Checkpoint Charlie sign referred to in your last photo in 1973. Entering East Germany at that time was like entering another world. Now, of course, everything has changed.

  12. Some well known artist names there. I agree about Warhol. Strange chap.

  13. I usually like Oldenburg's work but that one leaves me in doubt.

  14. For me a stack of soap boxes isn’t art either.

  15. O well, what is art? I like some modern art, but sure not all. I agree with you about Andy Warhol.
    I like that sign 'You Have Left The American Sector'. But I don't see it as art, but as a reminder of Berlin. I visited Checkpoint Charly in 1978, when it still functioned.

  16. Contemporary art is tough. I admire the ability to look at something (like a Brillo Box) and say "Hmmm -- I wonder what I can do with that?" Oddly creative. But I don't know that it fits my definition of art, just thinking outside the Brillo box -- like many a stock boy coming up with a creative display in the super. Good design principles (like the Oldenberg) are artistic -- but this one doesn't float my boat either.

  17. The soap boxes are ridiculous, not art at all, IMO

  18. Brillo? Definitely not my idea of art. As well a thumbs down for the bedroom.

  19. You have a breathtakingly stunning report on art.
    This, like the previous ones, is good.

  20. Left the American sector signs speaks to nowadays...feels like reality left as well with the pandemic.

  21. @Marie: I could never understand the mystique about him.

    @Revrunner: quite so.

    @Shammickite: very strange.

    @RedPat: this is the only one of his I am familiar with.

    @Marleen: anyone can do that.

    @Jan: I imagine the original had more than English and French on it.

    @Jeanie: the room is weird.

    @Bill: I think so.

    @DJan: indeed.

    @Orvokki: thanks.

    @Maywyn: and it's a good Canadian commentary on our own border.

  22. Interesting----I agree with you about Warhol

  23. I disagree with Terada. I weave with thread spun in Canada and my care label notes All American Work. But then, his is art and mine artisan.

  24. Is it possible I took a pic of the "Bedroom Ensemble" in Sydney in 1995? I think so! Wow. Time-warp.

  25. That was certainly a varied selection. Bedroom ensemble, hmm no not for me.

  26. This selection made me smile William 😊

  27. @MB: I never understood why anyone deemed him an artist.

    @Joanne: that's true.

    @Iris: it wouldn't surprise me if there's more than one take on it out there.

    @Gemel: very varied.

    @Grace: thank you.