Arts Where Jen Graves Meets David Schmader: What a Country!
posted by October 25 at 20:23 PMon
While it’s always dangerous to apply qualitative comparative standards to the appreciation of visual art, at times like this, one would do well to ask one’s self, “Which patriotic/devotional painting by immigrant stand-up comedian Yakov Smirnoff is the best patriotic/devotional painting by Yakov Smirnoff?”
Is it “America’s Heart”?
Is it “America at Peace”?
Is it “God and Country”?
Or is it, in fact, the Barry Gibb-inspired “Joy to the World”?
I’m no art critic, so I leave it to my learned colleagues to decide. Meanwhile, I’ll be wandering the aisles of the gift shop of Mr. Smirnoff’s theater in Branson, one town in Missouri where no one seems to be worked up about losing-ass baseball teams, stem cell research TV spots, or anything more than laughter, America, and personal expression through fine art.
What a country, indeed!
(Portrait of the artist, who recently celebrated 20 years of American citizenship):