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Monday, July 14, 2008

Re: Submitted for Jen’s Approval

posted by on July 14 at 15:19 PM

Why hello, Dan Savage. I couldn’t be more excited about your latest assignment. Discussing dreck daily from afar is the cherished dream of every critic. And with that, I begin.

You ask me to mull over “Big Temptation,” one of the “medium-sized-sculpture-garden sculptures” you are encountering on your family vacation in Saugatuck, Michigan. You tell me it is made in enamel on aluminum and by someone named Romero Britto.


I believe that what we have here is a serious case of whimsy. Whimsy is a disease whose major symptom is Lilliputianization. Original sin? No! A segmented princess earthworm pointing with eye and tail to her own perky cherry.

It has now become impossible to say any more.

Looking forward to tomorrow, Dan!

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I hereby resolve to work the phrase "perky cherry" into as many conversations as possible. Cover your children's ears.

Posted by Fnarf | July 14, 2008 3:22 PM

Goddammit, I would PAY for more posts like this. This is the kind of thoughtful and incisive art criticism I have been begging Jen to bring forth for months.


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 14, 2008 3:23 PM

Speaking of whimsy, I like the bonus first-paragraph critique of Dan.

Posted by lostboy | July 14, 2008 3:42 PM

Who is it trying to tempt? Lowly Worm?

Posted by giantladysquirrels | July 14, 2008 3:42 PM

The server is robust, clearly. My comments are disappearing.

Anyway, this will be a fun week.

Posted by Abby | July 14, 2008 3:43 PM

what does lilliputianization mean?

Posted by tiffany | July 14, 2008 3:58 PM

I love love love love love love love BRITTO.

I have quite a few prints in my tiny SF apartment.

Posted by Dee in SF | July 14, 2008 4:08 PM

Dee in SF, are you by chance a 13 year old girl? Because that looks like the intended audience of this silly sculpture.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | July 14, 2008 4:12 PM

That was hilarious Jen, thanks for the laugh.

Posted by awesome | July 14, 2008 4:19 PM

Hey, 7.

Posted by dick police | July 14, 2008 4:32 PM

dp is on probation, clearly @10 was meant for @8.

Posted by dick sergeant | July 14, 2008 4:35 PM


That's the most demanding thing I've ever read.

Posted by Lexicon Devil (Gimme Gimme This Gimme Gimme That) | July 14, 2008 4:46 PM


That's the most demanding thing I've ever read.

Posted by Lexicon Devil (Gimme Gimme This Gimme Gimme That) | July 14, 2008 4:47 PM

I don't think it's a perky cherry. It's a jaunty apple on top of the snake from the Garden of Eden. That's where the "temptation" part comes in.

Posted by Catman | July 14, 2008 4:53 PM

This looks like art Fnarf would love. Highly competent finishes, none of that gloppy glazing he despises so.

This guy Britto is huge, just ask him. "A modern day pop culture icon, Romero Britto is one of the premiere artists of our time," says his website. "His original artwork, dubbed the art of healing..." etc. I got a glossy packet in the mail some weeks ago. He did the costumes for the preshow for a Super Bowl, or something. Most pictures of his work had him posed with it, which is the sign of a great artist.

Posted by Eric F | July 14, 2008 4:54 PM

Glad to see you know my tastes so well, Eric F. Alas, you're mistaken; I don't like this one tiny little bit. Highly competent finishes? I don't think so.

Posted by Fnarf | July 14, 2008 5:24 PM

I like the knowing look in the EarthwormSnake's eye, "c'mere big boy and pop my cherry, I dare ya."

Posted by PopTart | July 14, 2008 6:35 PM

Earthworm? when was the last time you saw an earthworm with bedroom eyes? (or any eyes at all)

Mona Cat kawaii!!
I would have linked to Britto's site, but it is one of those lame Flash sites.

Posted by Eve | July 14, 2008 6:44 PM

Um, maybe </a> would have been better than a second <a>

Posted by Eve | July 14, 2008 6:50 PM

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