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the dove: pecking the juice out of life

There is more than a little irony, incoherent on the surface, that Picasso, a lifelong communist and aetheist was the beloved poster image icon of the American art establishment; the godfather of abstract expressionism and the tidal wave of non-aesthetic … Continue reading

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jackboots and the aura of love: from dada to dachau

Its difficult to ascertain precisely why Salvador Dali seemed attracted to fascism, and drawn to something in the aesthetic, unless at something in less manifest sense, there was a convergence between fascism and eroticism. The eroticization of the fascist existed … Continue reading

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marvelous automatic: Miro and Roving the Unconscious

Nothing was ever certain about Spanish painter Joan Miro, except the certainty of surprise. A product of rugged , fantasy loving Catalonia, Miro created an unpredictable magic world of forms of his own, that in its way matched together incompatible … Continue reading

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An Abstract mask of the concrete: subconscious cache

It is a fact that nearly everybody, even the least observant person , has a precise, albeit mistaken, idea of what they look like. As a rule, they are dissatisfied with nature’s product. They may be unsympathetic to their reflection … Continue reading

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AS SURREAL AS YOU CAN FEEL:Wrong Moon Fever

Barking up the wrong moon? It would be more exact to say that through surrealism, Joan Miro discovered himself. It was as if he suddenly had heard spoken aloud the thoughts he had not even dared to formulate in silence. … Continue reading

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PICASSO & IDEALS OF PEACE: Better Red than Fed

Pablo Picasso found himself in Paris during World War II. Stranded……. Overall, reading through Matisse’s correspondence with Camoin in La Revue de l’Art (12, 1971) makes me suspect that Matisse’s behavior during Vichy had little to do directly with the … Continue reading

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MATISSE: War Years and the Morals of Color

Certainly, the war years seems to bring out some ambiguous behavior on the part of French artists in occupied France. On the one hand, it greatly reduced the competition from foreign sources and citizens not of the “vieux souche” , … Continue reading

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MATISSE: Line Dance With Color

Matisse emerged from WWII with a reputation among living painters second only to that of Picasso. The fresh interest in Matisse was stimulated by a late flowering in many phases of his art- drawings, book designs, and oil paintings- which … Continue reading

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DEAD MEN TALKING: IN MOURNING FOR SQUARESVILLE

“June 22 saw the publication of the second installment of Life and Loves Among the Beatniks. Allen Brown quotes freely from Norman Podhoretz and Herbert Gold. He describes the day of a typical beatnik as waking late in the morning … Continue reading

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PROPAGANDA OF THE DEEDS AND DON'TS

”According to an apocryphal story, Henry Kissinger/André Malraux/an unidentified journalist once asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai about the significance of the French Revolution. Zhou reportedly replied that it was still too early to tell. Taking this story in its intended spirit, one might … Continue reading

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