No $$$ for Benghazi Security, but State Department Insures $200 Mil in “Art”

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I’m not sure how to put a price on this piece for example. That must make it priceless. It currently is displayed/vandalizes a wall in Rome.

State Department apparatchiks under Hillary denied security for the Benghazi mission, but they had a whole lot of money to blow on bad art.

The Art in Embassies program of the U.S. State Department just turned 50 last year, but its growth in the last decade has been particularly dramatic if the insured value of the artwork is any indication.

Although Art in Embassies purchases original works, such as the $1 million sculpture for the new U.S. Embassy in London, much of the artwork on display at various State Department installations throughout the world is in fact borrowed.

In 2002, the State Department maintained a $20 million policy for artwork.  By 2010, it had grown to $65 million.

The display in Rome includes this untitled 1970 work by artist Cy Twombly:

That would be the chalkboard scrawlings. Here’s some more of his work. And some more.

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I wonder how much security for the Benghazi mission that selling this particular “masterpiece” could have bought. Perhaps even the lives of four Americans.

Beijing contains $23 million worth of art. Bern has $1.2 million and Luxembourg has $2.2 million. Benghazi meanwhile had inadequate security and Hillary Clinton yelling that it makes no difference now.

  • DogmaelJones1

    The “art” used to illustrate this column isn’t art. Art is not something scratched on a chalkboard, nor is what looks like vandalized chalkboards, either, that is, paint-splattered chalkboards. This isn’t even graffiti “art.” It’s just rubbish. The only “message” it conveys is: I’m nuts, but if you want to buy this crap, you’re even nuttier.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Its message is severing art from aesthetics, cutting off the public from art and making it senseless as a commentary on life. It’s all Dada now.

      • DogmaelJones1

        Modern art is consciously divorced or severed from reality. But then you, Daniel, must know what my detective and his wife think of the Black Stone of Mecca: it’s early Dadaist.

        • carpe diem 36

          and it is still being warshiped by million.

      • Douglas J. Bender

        The examples displayed here look more like Mama and Dada art.

        • carpe diem 36

          thanks for a good hearty laugh.

          • Douglas J. Bender

            You’re welcome. A good, hearty laugh in the face of audacious liberal sensibilities is always good for the soul.

      • carpe diem 36

        no, the DADA had much more talent.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          True, true

    • carpe diem 36

      it is obvious you have not kept up with what is shown in art galleries lately.

  • A Z

    Daniel are you trying to put “60 Minutes” out of business?

    They have run stories on bad art before (my 2nd thought. But if you run stories more often then they do they’ll lose viewership. that was my 3rd thought. My 1st one was that those pictures are art?

    I am just so mad seeing those pictures and knowing that are priorities are screwed up and people have the time to indulge bad taste in art.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That stuff is mild. Twombly was considered a classicist.

      We’ve since then gone to dismembered animals, a woman staring at visitors and used tissues.

      It’s the elitism of the insane.

      • Douglas J. Bender

        I recall a crucifix in urine, I think. Who could deny that that is high art? (Emphasis on “high”.)

        • Daniel Greenfield

          It’s gotten much worse since then.

          • BS77r

            Speaking of “art”…whatever happened to that poor fellow who made that ridiculous video and was railroaded into jail???? I wonder if Ms. Rice has tried to get him out.

          • carpe diem 36

            maybe we could ask Mr. Twombly to help release a fellow artist from jail.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            What about the Sbarro Pizza exhibit from our jihad buddies? I’m surprised 0′Bama hasn’t asked to borrow that one.

            http://archive.adl.org/israel/israel_sbarro.html

          • carpe diem 36

            he is nothing if not an antisemite.

      • carpe diem 36

        who decides what “elite” is?

        • Daniel Greenfield

          They do

    • CaoMoo

      Forum posts make a more coherent and prettier picture than those showed. By it’s standards this post is DaVinchi quality work. Wate a fwe miss spelled wyrds maak it better.

      • A Z

        :)

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I saw the first pic and thought you were joking.

    It just keeps getting worse.

  • jakespoon

    Looks like a sixth grade teacher forgot to clean the blackboard. Whomever paid over .50 to the “artist” needs to reimburse the taxpayers.

    • carpe diem 36

      not only will I not pay even $0.50 for this Piece Of Art, you would have to pay me to display it. this so called artist has such chutzpah, he thinks of us as nothing but morons who will take the junk he produces as art. let those who have so much money but so little taste and understanding hat art is pay their own money so he can produce even more of such junk.

  • Douglas Mayfield

    The first time I saw ‘art’ such as this, I knew immediately that it was an insult to anyone who spent any time looking at it. In effect, the ‘artist’ is aesthetically spitting in our faces. As someone once said, ‘modern art is created by the untalented, sold by the unprincipled, and purchased by the unthinking.’ It’s nice to see our tax dollars at work for the State Department who clearly are about as good at judging art as they are at foreign policy.