It turns out Hedegaard is part of a right-wing group that gets its jollies by attacking Muslim immigrants, castigating “wokeism,” and performing stunts in blackface.
Museum curators fear Jorn’s painting is irreparably damaged.
Transcending traditional painting, as Jorn strove to do, is all the rage right now. Young artists are favoring “immersive” presentations that go beyond the rectangular canvas hung on a white wall. They’re striving to say that the conventions of fine art are no longer sacred.
But vandalizing traditional paintings is something else. The vandals want to assert they have the right to deface or destroy any work they find objectionable.
It’s easy to laugh about Hedegaard’s stunt, until you remember that Adolph Hitler began adult life as a landscape painter.
Within 30 years, his goons were seizing and burning “degenerate” art—paintings that didn’t suit Hitler’s parochial tastes.
Above:Pump at Bard College by Lisa Bornemann Paterson. The pump stands in front of Bard’s publications building, which in Dylan’s days on campus was a rooming house where the singer-songwriter frequently lodged. The Disquieting Duckling by Asger Jorn. Oil on canvas. 21 x 25 inches. Now defaced.