Idées d’artistes

Criticism was not anything that Dali was unfamiliar with. When one is as controversial as Dali, it is not unusual for the critics to question the incentives behind one’s art. Together, Dali and I were able to manipulate the media for spotlight on the art, as well as Dali himself, and were able to make Dali a household name. Knowledge of how to work with the press is essential to making one’s name known around the globe, especially in today’s well-versed internet world. Jeff Koons, a contemporary “neo-pop” artist, holds the same feelings.

“I believe in advertising and media completely. My art and my personal life are based in it. I think that the art world would probably be a tremendous reservoir for everybody involved in advertising” he once said. I could not agree more! Fame comes from being known for your excellence, my dear readers! Dali was often commissioned for all sorts of public works, and that in turn brought more publicity for his art. Critics hated the commercial uses for Dali’s art, but who really listens to them? Jeff Koons has also been criticized for being too “commercial,” yet look at his success. His modern works are whimsical and fun, and have even broken records at auction houses. I certainly commend this young man for his fabulous success, and hope to be able to see his art soon!




In the Pantheon of Pop Culture Icons

That odd young man, Andy Warhol, once said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

He was a friend of ours, of course. And more than that – it was from Dalí that Warhol learned how to be an artist – a modern artist who embraces the work and the public with equanimity. The theater, the parties, the celebrity status, courting the media … in these realms and others, Dalí was a trailblazer.

I will tell you – in real life and beyond fame – blazing that trail is hard work. Even my darling said as much: “To attract attention during one entire hour is difficult, yet I have attracted attention during all the hours of my life.”

Today, more so than even in dear young Andy and Dalí’s time, it is easier for people to achieve those golden 15 minutes, what with YouTube and Facebook and so on. And not only people – even squirrels and cats can achieve high repute in the common theater of today’s world.

Amidst this squawking drivel, this cacophony of pop culture hopefuls vying to be heard, there is one character whose attitude is surprisingly akin to my own.

“You have to be going to a pretty awful place if getting there is half the fun,” this femme fatale quips. She knows how to dress, and claims to possess a charm that is lethal to men, while conveying “true stylosity and glamorossitude.”

This remarkable icon, dear readers, is none other than Miss Piggy. Of course no mere mortal could give me a run for my money. I must confess I enjoy this feisty Muppet for her sense of fashion, piercing eyes and take-no-prisoners attitude.

“There is no one on the planet to compare with moi,” Miss Piggy coos, and while I must differ with her point, the sentiment is one I relate to completely.