I could roll out dozens of examples but you’ve probably seen a few dozen yourself: giant nuts and bolts, swooping whatevers, steel beams colored to look… And to think they were promoted by the Soviet Union.
“…in the 1930s members of CPUSA (the Communist Party of the USA) got instructions from Moscow to promote non-representational art so that the US’s public spaces would become arid and ugly.
“…the Soviets, following the lead of Marxist theoreticians like Antonio Gramsci, took very seriously the idea that by blighting the U.S.’s intellectual and esthetic life, they could sap Americans’ will to resist Communist ideology and an eventual Communist takeover.”
And now we not only have “arid and ugly” public art but we have several serious political candidates pushing socialism beyond the Social Security System we’re all used to. Despite socialist Venezuala’s ongoing collapse. Not so laughable is it?