Serious Art Criticism: Three Baseball-Themed Clip-Art Images

“What does the reader desire today?” the author asks himself as he sits down at his writing desk. “Serious and scholarly criticism of three baseball-themed clip-art images from the internet,” he answers his own self.

To wit:

Clip Art 3

What does this striking image show? The three men embody an animal force deeply absorbed by a painstaking task. The contrast between power and helplessness is forcefully rendered. The background image of a triangle both brings together and rends apart the triumvirate.

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Clip Art 2

This represents one of the most well-known occurrences of political propaganda. Red is commonly used within the genre to depict socialist elements such as flags and workers’ shirts. In this case, we find the abstract geometric shapes and color pallet of modernist art, and yet the poster has a real message — a reference to the revolution. The white circle represents the royalists from the old regime, and the red triangle represents the communists moving in and changing opinion. It has been described as a stylized battle plan for communist victory.

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Clip Art 1

Intentionally or not, this piece invokes the inundation of the modern era by commercialization and indiscriminate “sameness.” Here we see an attempt to reject invention and nuance by creating the appearance of having been mass produced. Although not as shocking and vulgar as some early instances of pop art, the piece still managed to offend the art world’s sensibilities that had developed so as to partake in the intimate emotions of artistic expression.




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adam
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adam
2 years 11 months ago

That catcher is in prime position to take a bat to the face.

filihok
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2 years 11 months ago

The catcher is going to get clocked

yaboynate
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yaboynate
2 years 11 months ago

That catcher is going to get hit by the batter’s swing.

Urban Shocker
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Urban Shocker
2 years 11 months ago

(We Workers Do No Understand) Modern Art.

yaboynate
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yaboynate
2 years 11 months ago

You’re no fun. This does not at all relate to the catcher nor his predestined outcome of getting clocked by the batter’s swing.

Pat G
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Pat G
2 years 11 months ago

I think the ump is close enough to get hit in the face… that is if the batter can get his hands extended far enough to actually swing

Jake
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Jake
2 years 11 months ago

In Regards to the Readers’ Concern for the Catcher:
Multiple readers have expressed concern for the catcher in the most former of the three discussed clip art images. I am both a) indifferent to the plight of said catcher, and b) aware that a clip-artist might distort certain elements of spacing and proximity in order to exhibit certain artistic themes i.e. unity in opposition to authority, or perhaps a generational divide between the players and the authoritarian umpire.

Guy
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Guy
2 years 11 months ago

The triumvirate were unable to find a tee for their teeball game, so the catcher must hold the ball in his mitt for the batter in the plane of the batter’s proposed swing. His catching hand will be broken in multitudes.

that guy
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that guy
2 years 11 months ago

I saw the 3rd one as an unmistakable lewd act. Also maybe a cry for help.

Josef Stalin
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Josef Stalin
2 years 11 months ago

Red is communist you imperialist pig.

The Return of Rambo Diaz
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The Return of Rambo Diaz
2 years 11 months ago

I come here for haute culture. I get haute culture. And, there is no hauter culture than that which could have only originated on a Broderbund Print Shop Pro add-on diskette.

Mike
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Mike
2 years 11 months ago

You’re writing reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes’ more philosophical strips.

Mike
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Mike
2 years 11 months ago

*Your

United States of
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United States of
2 years 11 months ago

As they say in the art-crit world: ‘it is hard to look if you cannot see’

John Lennon
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John Lennon
2 years 11 months ago

Got to be good looking cuz he’s so hard to see.

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