For Our Survival, We Have to be Proud of Our Art

We must take pride in our Western art. It is essential to our survival. In the face of multiculturalism, it is a striking confirmation of Western culture’s existence. From...
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We must take pride in our Western art. It is essential to our survival. In the face of multiculturalism, it is a striking confirmation of Western culture’s existence. From the Greeks to the Enlightenment, museums tell of the West’s great epic saga. Go to one!

To further boost your pride in western art, consider other civilization’s art. Asia’s stereotypical, black-and-white landscapes are stagnant and boring across the ages. Hindu art is largely religious. And, in Islam representing people is illegal. Mexico’s pyramids were alters for human sacrifice. Sick!

Western art is the best on the planet by a large margin. All other art sucks!

Before we go further, F modern art. I take pride in the epic, pre-1900 art that creates awe, not the trite modernist deconstructionist crap. A black canvas is not art; It is a war on western history and identity. Breathtaking cathedrals and their 70 by 40 foot alters, with statue-filled gold frames encasing large paintings, are art.

To better understand what good and bad art are, trust yourself. If it looks stupid and requires a snob to explain it to you, it is shit. If it takes your breath away, it is great. For a historical and philosophical analysis of how we got here, and amazing art, visit the awesome culturist website, artrenewal.org. And, while you’re at it, watch all of Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilisation’ series.

Enough talk, here is some art:

 

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This is John William Waterhouse’s 1891 ‘Ulysses and the Sirens.’ This painting connects us with our history, and so serves an important culturist purpose. But – just as importantly – it is great to look at! I like the wild sirens and I feel fear for the one rower – front and center – with a purple siren staring right into his face. And, there is enough story here, (unlike in modern art spittle), that I can actually wonder what this painting says about will power and consciousness. It is great!

Unfortunately, hatred of art was an integral part Northern Europe and America’s anti-Papist Protestant Reformation. As a result, our Protestant churches are small and our art collections are too. This lack of reminders of our Greek – Christian heritage leaves us vulnerable to the multicultural lie that the West has no core culture, that it has always been a culturally neutral multicultural zone.

We need a culturist art renaissance that makes realistic art that connects us with our western heritage. In the meantime, go to a museum. Notice that it isn’t full of Asian, Islamic or Hindu pieces. Find a favorite piece. And, then tell people how proud you are of your western artistic heritage!

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John K. Press, Ph.D., teaches at a university in South Korea. He is the author of the book, Culturism: A Word, A Value, Our Future. More information can be found at www.culturism.us. He tweets at @culturist
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