(ed. This originally appeared in Spring of 2007)
Yesshhh, are those icoc/acor wannabe honchos so brain-dead to think they got away with the pacquin masquarade and can do it again?
Come on now, enough is enough. Their thinking,“presenting” Kaitag, Textile Art from Daghestan in the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul will somehow make anyone believe the emperor’s new clothes BS little lord franses and company have tried to float about these weavings is about as stupid as believing pacquin’s equally as flawed and contrived spiel.
There is no doubt pacquin’s embroideries were all bogus and RK holds the same opinion about quite a few, but not all, of the kaitag pieces we have seen and handled.
Yes, some kaitags, a very small few by the way, appear to be 19th century. BUT we have yet to see one that we’d call 18th let alone 16th, as only the kaitag scheisters feel wont to voice.
From franses’s website, this kaitag is, according to him, “18th century or earlier” , as are several others he pictures.
Frankly, we don’t believe this embroidery is older than circa 1900 and will be glad to wager ten times the cost to have it be examined with invasive scientific testing to prove our point. The types of testing we have in mind, by the way, are expensive and miles past what dopey rageth and company have been peddling.
We also know little lord franses of Queen Street won’t respond - he is too afraid to engage us or attempt to disprove what we have written over the years about him.
On top of the egregious and absurdly obvious over-dating, the rest of the publicity for this, what is billed as an extra added attraction to the icoc Istanbul program, is laughable:
“The art of Kaitag embroideries survives in less than 500 examples, dating from the 16th century (under Ottoman influence) through to the 19th century, mostly now in museum and private collections throughout the world”
not to say name-droppingly pedantic:
“Kaitag art speaks to people of diverse cultural traditions. French art-lovers respond to a proto-Matisse style; in Sweden they see ancient Scandinavian art; Australians are reminded of Aboriginal art and in the US they see Abstract Expressionist paintings. Indeed, all these echoes are references to the common experience of the primal appeal of Kaitag embroideries, which is based on shared animist archetypes.”
”Only 500”, in RK’s opinion that’s 500 too many. And 16th century. Pleezzzzeeeee this is complete claptrap.
Plus who really gives a flying freak about proto-Matisse or the rest of that blah-de-blah, especially their chucking in that animist archetypes caboose.
Honestly, this whole affair sounds to us like nothing more than another big push by little lord franses to move some dead stock.
But who really cares about the why this “exhibition” is happening? The fact it is speaks volumes how those who are running the show care only for their personal agendas.
Art? History? Science? These are all platitudes franses, dodds and the rest of the ruglosers who chair and attend acoc/acor meetings mouth but could care less about – and their actions prove it.
Marveling at Kaitag: The Art of Daghestan will no doubt take place, both among conference attendees and the general public. However, putting a machine-made dishrag with a pic of Mickey Mouse on the wall, along with some convincing museum wall label, would equally wow such fans.
Don’t believe us, go try and see.
Oh, we forgot to mention the hali pump for the Turkish episode of the franses kaitag traveling show and fiasco informs readers
“The art of Kaitag embroideries survives in fewer than a thousand examples, arguably dating from the 16th century (under Ottoman influence) through to the 19th, mostly now in collections throughout the world.”
Better get yer figures right, boys, even Turkish punters know how to count.
But then again, wait a moment, little lord franses might have an excuse: He left school when he was 16 without even gaining a high school diploma, forget about any higher education.
Maybe that explains things??