LinkLuv: Hitler, R.C. Sproul and Obama in art news

Hitler paintings sell for combined $143,000 at British auction house. Yes, Hitler was an aspiring artist before he was a cruel dictator. I’m still surprised at how many people don’t know this bit of trivia. The watercolor below went for $10,000 and is believed to be a self-portrait.


R.C. Sproul talked about how Christians perceive the arts in 1986
. Not a terrible or terribly fascinating article, but the source and the date combined made the case to post this link.

A new painting of Obama scheduled to be unveiled in New York City on the 100th day of the new president’s term has now been canceled. Apparently this image caused an uproar similar to that of Serrano’s Piss Christ, Cavallaro’s Chocolate Jesus, Brack’s Bearded Orientals etc etc. People seem to forget that one valid function of the arts is to raise questions about culture. They also seem to forget that, per the childhood platitude, “you can’t please all of the people all of the time.”



About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

One Response to LinkLuv: Hitler, R.C. Sproul and Obama in art news

  1. fletchboy says:

    I was intrigued by the Obama painting. I don’t get the imagery. Was he “crucified” on the “cross” of the Presidency? I am glad they got the expression right; he has a smirk. I’d love to know what imagery they are attempting to represent.

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