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the mocking tribute of the Fine Arts to Wolinksi

Georges Wolinski vomited contemporary art. He saw in him only an obscene and mercantile spectacle, devoid of any form of beauty. “The more expensive, the more beautiful! (…) There are no more limits to the worst-case scenario. The spectator enjoys in front of the unbearable, because he feels superior, more intelligent than the one who is nauseated, who does not understand. He chuckles at the thought of all these horrified, scandalized, shocked idiots, all these minuses who refuse to be modern and to admire the disgusting, the boring and the ugly “, he writes in a drawing published in Charlie Hebdo, in September 2008, the original of which was presented at the Beaux-Arts in Paris, alongside other loads from the same barrel.

The rue Bonaparte school, which he attended in 1955 in the architecture section, exhibits around forty pieces donated by the family of the designer who was murdered six years ago during the attack on Charlie Hebdo. We agree that the Department of Fine Arts, an establishment dedicated to training the creators of tomorrow, does not lack either mockery or critical thinking by thus highlighting these diatribes mixing text and drawing in which the most famous plastic artists take it for granted. their rank.

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Thus Arman, accused of “To break, to dirty, to pile up, to accumulate, to dent, to pile up” manufactured objects, rather than “Celebrating the beauty of women’s bodies”. Or Christian Boltanski, guilty of the same sin of piling up and manufacturing “Nothing” in a workshop “Desert”. Not to mention Jeff Koons – his favorite Turkish head – accused of “Sculpt huge inflatable caterpillars” while he adores Courbet and Manet. Journalists are stoned together: “Not a single one dares to say it’s crap. “ Ditto for the patrons, first and foremost François Pinault: “Before, the rich loved the art of firefighting, today they are clever by buying scandal at a high price. The problem is, the scandal is no longer scandalous. “

Why so much hatred? “Have I become an old jerk?” After all why not “, asks the polemicist. The explanation would be enough if Wolinski did not praise, in counterpoint, his idols to him: Matisse, Manet and especially Ingres (who was trained in Fine Arts before teaching there). Allegiance to the line connects him to the father of the Great Odalisque, as is the case with many followers of the uncluttered layout, whether they are illustrators, press cartoonists or comic book authors.

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