Posts tagged Modern Art
A shrine to the tiny glass bead

. . . In the very middle of the room, there's this looming glass case with only a tiny, single bead in the center. It's displayed on a bed of black velvet and given a large sign saying only: "Striped African Bead." We laughed, to say the least, and talked about how silly it was to make an entire display case protect a solitary, worthless piece of glass. But then I just had this overwhelming sense that this is what I do everyday. . . .

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Sigmar Polke & Capitalist Realism

Sigmar Polke is by far my favorite artist / painter of all time. He is the founder of the Capitalist Realism ("Kapitalistischen Realismus") movement in Germany in 1963, combining paint, photography, and printmaking into multi-layered, vibrant works. His paintings feature elements from American Pop art, abstraction, parodies of consumer society, and a subversive materials. Polke’s experimentation with technology, and his hybridization of artistic influences was highly influential for generations of German artists.

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The Realms of the Unreal & Henry Darger

When Henry Darger died in Chicago in 1972, a 15,000 page manuscript was found among the overflowing clutter in his cramped, one-room small apartment. He had spent most of his life working on the text and illustrations for his epic, "The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco- Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion". Often shortened to "The Realms of the Unreal".

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