Tag Archives: Hans Bellmer

Naples down under

How they live and die in Naples. It was quite a collaboration. A great Italian film director interviewed his fellow citizens, while a leading German photographer recorded them. The result was a poignant document of humanity and heartbreak that very … Continue reading

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ballot box of brotherhood love: sphynx fetish

Normative democracy based on the rule of property law. Turkey light. That seems to be the template to be adopted. According to the Financial Times, the debt market is stabilizing and the stock market in Cairo is rising slowly. Egypt … Continue reading

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between five and six: cruising with the marquise

The Marquise Went Out at Five. Claude Mauriac put together a fine conception, worked out with a skill that few novelists have the patience or the delicacy to apply.This concept of time that knows neither past, present nor future and … Continue reading

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fantasy on the life of the hybrid

The Tin Drum. At first sight this monstrous book looks as thought it might be a satire on the life of Germany during the Hitler era, the war, and the postwar boom. Its hero has a German name and thinks … Continue reading

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hunters and collectors: carry that weight

For seemingly forever, sociologists, psychologists, and amateur pundits of all persuasions¬† have tried to comprehend why people collect; from the Collyer brothers to Eli Broad, it appears a pointless yet universal pursuit at least on the logical surface irrational waters … Continue reading

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l’amour fou: abstract extreme ambivalence

Surrealism as an inherently anti-woman movement? The female body viewed as primitive machines designed socially,psychologically and mechanically to carry out primitive functions.This intensity and dept of a response to women was a rupture with traditional figurative art, a certain appropriation … Continue reading

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feel the feeling from without: vulgar(t)

When dreams turn into a dark nightmare, a small flickering flame extinguishable by a baby’s breath. It’s the realization of a nihilistic endgame, but its causes, and controlling forces are not always tangible, the reality is not transparent and the … Continue reading

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absurdities: the masculine warrior figure

Vanity is usually pretty revolting. An auto-glorification. narcissism. But as a minor saving grace, it can aspire to a certain honesty. But, for some reason, the relationship between vanity and worshiping money remains an enduring legacy, as if the power … Continue reading

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meninas: sweeping out our house

Same shit. Different day.The tragic waltz of nihilism to achieve a kind of purification, a kind of radical immanence. Kitschified and recyclable. It sells. The grotesque arranged for esthetic profit. Artistically, it reflects the love hate relationship with the modern … Continue reading

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force feeding a permeable society

The artist’s treatment of the individual does in many respects, though not definitively, reflect a culture’s attitude towards itself. There is a grey zone between kitsch and perversity, as if they gravitate to one another creating a rather violent aesthetic. … Continue reading

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