Artist Jon McNaughton crafted a painting that shows President Obama burning the U.S. Constitution in a piece called “One Nation Under Socialism.” On his Facebook page, McNaughton describes the painting:
Naturally, the libs aren’t amused.
NY Magazine Art Critic Jerry Saltz told CBSDC the painting had “bad academic derivative realism,” calling it “typical propaganda art, drop-dead obvious in message” and “visually dead as a doornail.”
“It panders and preaches to the converted and tells them what they already believe,” Saltz said. “It has no graphic power of its own. It simply attempts to crawl into the body of that sort of illustration.”
Isn’t art a form of expression? Aren’t we supposed to accept all forms of expression? What’s the word I’m looking for? Oh, tolerance, yeah, that’s it — we are supposed to be tolerant of all art forms.
Of course, there’s always a fine print: “Expression is not art if it criticizes Marxism.”