angelina jolie's really dumb new painting

Angelina Jolie just spent $400,000 on THIS MEDIOCRE, INCREDIBLY OBVIOUS PAINTING. The piece depicts a whitebread, American family enjoying a tasty picnic, while starving black Africans look on.

Ok, I get it! I get it!

Anyway, while I am sure Angelina Jolie gives gazillions to charity and likely does far more than most rich people in terms of sharing her wealth, I really think that if I had $400,000 to drop on a boring, politically shrill painting, I'd take the same $400,000 and set some hardworking singla mama up with a new house, car and job. Or I'd give $400,000 to all the women in one, specific village in Africa. Or I'd donate it to THE HEIFER FUND. Or I'd drop it out of an airplane (if I were Angelina Jolie, I could actually FLY the airplane) over a small, rural community in North Dakota.

I just couldn't bring myself to spend $400,000 on a piece of art that exists solely to make the none-too-subtle point that people are starving while others have plenty. That seems like the ultimate irony to me.

Actually, maybe this is a postmodern performance art set-up altogether, with Jolie as a willing participant. Now THAT would be political art. And clever.


Anonymous said...

Is she planning to put it in her dining room where all her rich friends can see it and be motivated to help starving Africans?
What a hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

But what about the other two pieces? They're ridiculous! What purpose would either of them serve? At least that painting had a point to it.

dedanaan said...

And do she and her children go without meals so poor African's can eat? They all look pretty well-nourished to me.

Anonymous said...

Lets face it,the woman may have good intentions but she most definitely has a loose screw somewhere.Look at who she was married to and how she got her claws into Brad Pitt.Hey,maybe she's ready to dump Brad and wants to replace him with the artist...