If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, then mind-numbing patriotic art is the last refuge of the armed scoundrel… either that, or of the successful artist. George Zimmerman, the man acquitted for shooting Treyvon Martin, an un-armed Black teenager, in a scuffle in Florida, last year, just sold a work of art on ebay for over $100,000 …
The words “God” and “One nation with justice and liberty for all” appear emblazoned on an American flag… (the artist uses state-of-the-art Photoshop effects on a stock-art picture of Old Glory) … and Jonathan Jones, of The Guardian rightly notices that the high weirdness of the whole affair is reminiscent of Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” and “King of Comedy.” “in which antiheroes who seemed destined for disaster become media celebrities instead. Will George Zimmerman end up as a regular guest of TV chat shows? Will his “patriotism” even get him his own show?”
Jones takes the opportunity to take some facile potshots at America, “the weirdest show on earth” – he sees “national narcissism…” in them there hills.
Question: “car wreck” … or fine art?
(via The Guardian)