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Black Monday


Futurist photocollage of Marinetti by Coletti. Image credit.

Before Art Basel Miami Beach bulldozes into town threatening the mellow sanctity of our lives we are making this November 23rd a public holiday from art. Conscious of past fascist regimes that were more concerned with the maintenance of control than with disputable notions of faith or culture we, like them, in an attempt to make peace the prevailing state for at least one more week, are boycotting the art world.


May 10, 1933. Berlin book burning. Image Credit.

By rejecting the supposed transcendent value of art and the market’s insistence of art works as sacred objects, our Black Monday, which takes its name from the world wide stock market crash of Monday October 9th, 1987, harks to cultural black holes throughout history from the iconoclastic violence in Europe (and ironically also Basel) between 1520 and 1648 resulting from Reformed Protestantism to more pointed implosions such as the burning of books in Germany on May 10th, 1933, and Italian Futrurism, an earlier, more specifically artistic trend whose protagonists in anticipating a counterrevolutionary tendency made an object lesson on how art and politics can become inextricably linked by eagerly going to war and dying in action, perhaps avoiding hypocrisy in the light of posterity. 

This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth and is in no way related to the decline of print media.


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  • Larissa

    Though I am all for art for art’s sake, may I remind you that without the rich collector – the type that purchases for investment purposes or to appear ‘cultural’ and ‘trendy’ or who may actually love art – artists would starve. Have you ever heard of a patron for poets? In many ways, rich patrons probably support your blog too because they will want to appear art savvy. As a writer who has to make a living by writing about anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing issues instead of focusing on my love of fiction or poetry, I’m tired of artists getting on their high horse about the commercial art world. I hope one day the commercial world will catch up with the poetry world because maybe then I can actually make a living out of poetry. Having said that, I hate what I term ‘bank art’ – the kind you see hanging in banks. Yes, there are plenty of annoying things about Art Basel. But there are plenty of good things as well. You can’t have it all.

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