(This article is published in Salon.)
A 19th-century French impressionist artist who perished almost a century ago is the world’s leading aesthetic terrorist; you just don’t know it.
Fortunately, the Renoir Sucks at Painting (RSAP) movement is here to change that.
Out of nowhere, RSAP exploded. Stories about it filled the headlines of every leading newspaper.
Lacking in much of this media coverage, however, were the very serious — and important — political critiques behind the jokes.
In order to learn more about these political critiques, I spoke with Max Geller, a 30-year-old activist who stressed that he is not the leader of RSAP, but rather “the spokesperson for a grassroots movement for cultural justice.”