Tag Archives: Toulouse-Lautrec

planet of the apeing

Interesting article on Andrew Potter, who with Joseph Heath wrote Rebel Sell. Potter’s ideas are not unique or original but they are placed within the context of contemporary pop culture in an easy to grasp everyperson’s manner that strip out … Continue reading

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stooges: a captivating public

What? He captivated the Arab world? It was previously thought that walking on water and loaves of bread and nets full of fish were associated with Christian culture. But heck, with Mohammed Morsi, there is no telling where charisma can … Continue reading

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gotta serve somebody

However different the society’s they pictured, both Otto Dix and Toulouse Lautrec represented a society in which the proletariat underclass or the under-underclass served the bourgeois upper echelons.¬† And, war and sex, in the sense of romantic realism were seen … Continue reading

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Dix & threepenny opera: an explicit body politic

The classic Bertolt Brecht question was an examination of the inconceivable; two forces in which it was not possible to reconcile: how can people be dignified and ethical under capitalism? The stock market as a Three-Penny Opera. The petty thieving, … Continue reading

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I'M OK YOU'RE NOT OK

They are just posters. However, they reflected a Europe in anguish. Posters preserved from the First World War’s aftermath recall great propaganda art as well as the desperate years that produced it. This kind of art is harsh but compelling … Continue reading

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AUTHENTICITY AND AESTHETICS

Snobbery has its own aesthetics. If a work of art seems identical to the naked eye, why should an original Picasso end up in the living room, a reproduction on the stairway and a forgery in the recycle bin? In … Continue reading

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aN eXPLOSIVELy fERTILe mINd

He was the most resourceful of innovators. Pablo ¬†Picasso transmuted old traditions into modern idioms. He might even be called the last of the great humanists. When Picasso ( 1881-1973 ) was alive, what he was doing, or had stopped … Continue reading

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