The pithy, opinionated, and sometimes brutally frank Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke challenges average guys to live a life less ordinary and embrace classic style in the broadest sense. it's time to rise above the trite, the boring, the predictable, the mundane, the banal, and the commonplace. It's time to stop behaving like barnyard animals at the trough and leave behind the perpetually sloppy man-child aesthetic of the last two decades or so. It's time to learn once again how to present and conduct yourself like an adult with some grooming, finesse, and sophistication. And here is where you can learn how.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Why is Modern Art [and our collective lack of personal style] so Bad?

5 comments:

Glenda Moore said...

I'm a classical pianist, musicologist, former prof, & must deal with the same standards in modern classical music. The modern-mindset spans all the arts.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Agreed. This short video was an interesting take on the situation/question. And while I don't necessarily dislike all so called 'modern art' I see the point(s) made here. As I watched, it also on me that many similar observations could be made about our continual slide into slobdom the last 30-40 years where personal appearance is concerned. Is it possible for things to get any worse? Wait. Don't answer that.

Best Regards,

Heinz-Ulrich

Glenda Moore said...

Yes, the parallels. "All sound is music", "All things seen is art", "Anything you put on your body is clothing": when taken literally, it is to our own cultural and sartorial peril.

Glenda Moore said...

Also, yes, there certainly is good modern art, music, literature, architecture, etc., just as there are living people who dress well (and we know we're not talking necessarily about dressing expensively, as one can dress expensively but not well). A good source mentioned in the video: https://www.artrenewal.org/pages/ARChome.php

Old School said...

This will be shared with my students in a humble attempt to counter the "anything goes" mentality.