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No Money for Benghazi Security, but State Dept Spent $1 Mil for Artistic Pile of Rocks

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On December 8, 2013 @ 1:42 pm In The Point | 23 Comments

It could have been worse. It could have been an artistic pile of sugar packets. Or a dismembered horse. Or this $20,000 portrait of Obama. But that would have been cheaper than this $1 million pile of rocks.

That’s Wall of Light Cubed 2. You can tell because it has no light and it doesn’t really function as much of a wall. It should not be confused with Wall of Light Cubed 1, seen here, now in a private collection.

Or Tower.

And if you really want to blow your mind, check out the artist’s The Art of the Stripe.

He then moved to America, where, after five years of struggle, he found his painterly voice in the stripe. Scully has relentlessly pursued the possibilities offered by his exploration of colored stripes, always remaining true to his assertion that “the stripe is a signifier of modernism.”

In a review of Scully’s Wall of Light show, the New York Times quotes him as saying;

“I’m trying to turn stone into light,” Mr. Scully has said.

I’m going to go ahead and say that he has failed. If he wanted to turn stone into light, he needed heavy explosives. He has however managed to turn stone into money.

At first glance there seems to be a certain sameness to these totally abstract canvases, with their allover arrangements of bars that superficially vary only in color, size and juxtaposition. But Mr. Scully’s frame of reference is wide, and the canvases convincingly refer to many inspirations: from architectural structures like Stonehenge and paintings by other artist

So art is dead. As are four Americans at the Benghazi mission, which never got the security funding it needed, while Hillary Clinton was blowing millions on embassy art.

Here’s a more simplistic piece of art from 1989. It does feature some stripes, though it lacks the subtlety and depth of Sean Scully’s stripes.

It dates back to the time when the US Embassy in London helped dedicate this statue instead of dropping a fortune on a pile of striped rocks.


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