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Tag Archives: film
“Anybody who sees and paints a sky green and pastures blue ought to be sterilized.” Adolph Hitler
“Any art that does not glorify war is forbidden.” Nazi propaganda
“Garish colors and contorted poses of the female body are evidence of a depraved society.” Nazi propaganda
German art changed spectacularly after 1920. No longer did artists paint the classical Greek model.
The horrors of World War I, the terrible economic depression, prostitution, the chasm between the rich and the poor…all were bitterly protested in art.
German artists used bright garish colors, awkward poses and harsh brush strokes to shock the viewer with Germany’s tragic plight.
German Expressionism was born!
As a young man Adolph Hitler was refused admittance to art school in Vienna, Austria, on the basis of his lack of artistic ability. He never recovered from the rejection.
Hitler denounced German Expressionist artists and their extremely colorful paintings as “degenerate.” They were evidence of a pollution in the Aryan strain. The artists who produced them were fired from their teaching positions, their works were removed from museum walls, and they were forbidden to paint again.
Some of these “degenerate” artists escaped to other countries, many of their works were hidden for years or secretly smuggled to America, and many, many works were burned.
Today German Expressionism is considered a momentous time in German art history, the paintings are back on museum walls and “degenerate” art is celebrated over the world.
Watch this video with wild colors and startling paintings-German Expressionism.
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Cornelia Feye, art historian, talks more on German Expressionism.
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An extraordinary video installation touring the U.S. and Europe is knocking the socks off the art world and critics are calling it a modern masterpiece!
“The Clock,” by artist Christian Marclay, is a 24-hour-long film consisting of over 3,000 old and brand new movie clips spliced together. In each film clip a clock appears or someone refers to time…the time in the film and the real time according to our watches!
The edited film clips don’t tell a conventional story. Yet, there is a story. It is about being aware of time…all the time.
“The Clock” is shown in an art gallery or art space (coming this summer 2012, to the Lincoln Center in New York City). Comfy couches are arranged in front of a large screen. The film runs 24 hours continuously. You can stay as long as you like.
As one critic said, “Looking at a clock for hours a day? What a drag. But, oh, after 3 hours I could barely tear myself away. I didn’t want to leave. I came back the next day! The line was around the block.”
What is so fascinating is how the film touches on our anxiety over time. We know time is passing and to some extent feel its tyranny.
The fictional characters in the film make us very aware of this passing of time.
For instance, at 12:27 A.M., there is a clip of a resplendently dewy Catherine Deneuve, then twenty-one years old, from “Repulsion.” Four hours later, she’s three decades older, in “My Favorite Season,” an embittered wife intentionally knocking a clock off a fireplace.
At 1:51 A.M. Jack Nicholson is a frantic juvenile delinquent in “The Cry Baby Killer,” at 4:59 P.M. he is the paunchy and bald hero of “About Schmidt,” gazing at his office clock as he dully awaits retirement.
Keep in mind that when we see Nicholson looking at his office clock at 4:59 P.M. in the film clip, it truly is 4:59 P.M. in our real time…by our watches. Time in “The Clock” corresponds with our local time. It has only been 3 hours and 8 minutes since he was the juvenile delinquent in the film. But we know it has really been 55 years. We become wide awake to Deneuve and Nicholson’s mortality…and hence, our own.
That is what is so captivating about “The Clock.” The segments of film are married up to the great themes in life…love, death and the meaning of our lives.
Take a few minutes (pun intentional!) to view this great clip of “The Clock.”
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