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Monday, August 15, 2005

Words of the Day

Courtesy of Merriam-Webster:
Lee Siegel provides the usage example for today's words in a Slate slide-show on the Guggenheim's recent Hilla Rebay exhibition:

Rebay was in fact a vulgarian who solemnly and self-seriously hung the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, as the Guggenheim was called until 1952, with gray flannel and piped in Bach and Chopin while, as Robert Hughes put it, "she sat behind the scenes devouring movie magazines." Like a lot of innately vulgar people, she liked to accuse other people of lacking class.
Rebay was a vulgarian? Let's see. Who's doing the name calling here? Isn't it the same critic who famously claimed that "You cannot fully understand [Cy] Twombly's art unless you know that he is gay"--a statement that is certainly lacking in cultivation, perception, and taste? And isn't this same person also the TV critic for another publication--a position requiring him to devour hours of entertainment of or relating to the common people?

The kids on the playground had it right, I guess: it takes one to know one.

Related: Not that I really care one way or another about these things, but I wonder how Siegel would attempt to explain away the second sentence of this Cy Twombly profile.



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